Cheilosia albitarsis

Normally we expect hoverflies to be brightly coloured and distinctly patterned, but as you can see this one is decidedly dark and rather plain, but no less interesting.

It has dark antennae and legs, except the front and middle tarsi are yellow or orange. It can grow up to 9mm long.

The larvae feed around the roots of buttercups. The adults feed on nectar.

Seen April to August. Found in damp meadows, fields and hedgerows. Strongly associated with buttercups. Abundant and widespread throughout the UK.

Photographs of Cheilosia albitarsis taken May 2014 and May 2015, local woodland margin, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014 & 2015. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

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