Where are the hoverflies?

It’s mid July and it’s not been a particularly good year so far for hoverflies, at least not in Northumberland.  On a walk around a site on Druridge Bay today only 3 were spotted; one did not stay still long enough for identification; one was a Rhingia campestris and the third was a very distinctive Volucella pellucens.  This is unusual in the hoverfly world in having an English name – great pied hoverfly.  It has a clear white or cream band around the top of the abdomen and is one of the easiest of the British hoverflies to identify as well as being common throughout most of Great Britain.

Volucella pellucens (c) Duncan Hutt

Volucella pellucens (c) Duncan Hutt


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The Hutt Family from Northumberland
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