Name: Hoverfly (Syrphus ribesii)
Scientific name: Syrphus ribesii
Nature Stars: 20
About: A very common hoverfly found along hedgerows, in gardens and woods. About 1cm long, with a rounded, black body and a pattern of yellow spots and bands. Adults feed on nectar of flowers, the larvae are aphid predators.
How to identify: This is just one of a large group of very similar hoverflies which can be found in a variety of habitats. Many hoverflies are very difficult to identify, needing a microscope to look at tiny characters including the shape of the veins in the wings.
Where: A widespread hoverfly
Fantastic fact: There are more than 270 species of hoverfly in the UK, ranging in size from a few millimetres to 2cm.
Photograph credit: Cécile Bassaglia