Banded Meliscaeva

Meliscaeva cinctum

Description

Wing length 7 to 9.75mm. Very like the pale form of M. auricollis, but with bands of yellow across tergites 3 and 4 and the spots on tergite 2 are broad and blunt.

Habitat

Woodland, woodland edge. The adults can be seen on flowers, especially bramble but also umbellifers. The larvae feed on ground aphids, mainly in trees.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout most of Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

March to September.