Grey-spotted Boxer

Platycheirus albimanus


Wing length 5 - 8mm. This is a very large genus with several very similar species, so care must be taken to identify as many features as possible before deciding on which species it is. This is a dark species with small pale spots on two of the segments and a pale tip to the abdomen. The front tibia of the male are very pale and expand abruptly towards the apex. 


Woodland edge and hedgerows. The larvae feed on aphids in low herbaceous plants and bushes.

Status and distribution

One of the commonest hoverflies and widespread throughout Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

March to November.