In The Pink

Thick-legged Hoverfly Syritta pipiens

Thick-legged Hoverfly (Syritta pipiens), on rose.


Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. July 2017.


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Thick-legged Hoverfly

Syritta pipiens

Thick-legged Hoverfly (Syritta pipiens)

For such a small and slender hoverfly it has very large rear femora. The males and females have slightly different patterning. Length 4 to 7mm.

The larvae feed on rotting material, such as compost and manure.

Seen April to November. Found in hedgerows and in gardens. A widespread and fairly abundant species across Britain.

Photograph 0f Thick-legged Hoverfly (Syritta pipiens) taken June 2014, rear garden , Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.