Chequered Hoverfly

Melanostoma scalare


Wing length 5.5 - 8mm. A distinctive species with, in the male, bulbous red eyes and a slim chequered body. The female has smaller eyes and a broader body with more triangular spots. There are three other similar species in the genus.


Normally keeping to lowlands this species prefers lush vegetation along woodland edge and hedgerows. The larvae are thought to be generalised predators amongst the leaf litter.

Status and distribution

Abundant and widespread throughout Britain. Very common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to November.