Name: Hoverfly (Helophilus pendulus)
Scientific name: Helophilus pendulus
Nature Stars: 40
About: A very common medium sized hoverfly, about 13mm long. Adults feed on nectar throughout the year. One of several species of related hoverfly whose larvae are known as rat-tailed maggots, living in muddy water.
How to identify: One of several related hoverflies with black and yellow stripes on the thorax and a black and yellow body.
A widespread hoverfly.
Fantastic fact: Sometimes known as the Footballer Hoverfly, because of the yellow and black striped thorax, like an old-fashioned football jersey.
Photograph credit: Mick E. Talbot