Episyrphus balteatus

The garden has always been home to a number of these lovely flies but itís only recently since purchasing BRITISH HOVERFLIES AN ILLUSTRATED IDENTIFICATION GUIDE - by Alan Stubbs and Steven Falk and using the keys in the book to identify the different species that it has become apparent just how many. Quite a few I had previously thought were bees or wasps have turned out to be mimicing hoverflies.

Eristalis pertinax

Eristalis tenax

Helophilus pendulus

Myathropa florea

Scaeva pyrastri

Sphaerophoria scripta

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