Wing length 6.5 - 10mm. This is often one of the first hoveflies on the wing in spring. They are very variable in both size and markings but, typically, have a dark brown, shiny thorax and black abdomen with pale yellow comma-shaped (lunulate) markings. The yellow markings end before they reach the sides of the abdomen. This species is highly migratory so numbers may increase as the summer progresses.
A wide range of open habitats are used, as long as there are flowers to visit. The larvae feed on aphids on low vegetation.
Status and distribution
Common and widespread throughout Britain and Nottinghamshire, common at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
March to November.