Chequered Hoverfly

Melanostoma scalare

Chequered Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare)

A fairly small and slender black and bright yellow patterned hoverfly. Length 8 to 10mm.

The larvae are predators in leaf litter. The adults feed on nectar.

Seen April to November. Found mainly in grassy areas or along woodland rides. Abundant and widespread throughout the UK.

Photograph 0f Chequered Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare) taken May 2014, local woodland ride , Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.