Golden Long-horned Hoverfly

Callicera aurata


Wing length 10 to 12.5mm. A large, bronze species with the abdomen covered with golden hair. The long antennae broaden towards the tip that ends with a slim white style. There are two similar species so care must be taken with identification.


Woodland or wooded areas. The young develop in rot-holes in mature trees.

Status and distribution

Confined mainly to southern Britain, where it is local. Rare in Nottinghamshire, and at Netherfield Lagoons, where this is possibly only the second county record.

Best time to see

June to August.