Gossamer Hoverfly

Baccha elongata


Wing length 4.5 - 8mm.  This is a very slender species with a bulbous tip to the abdomen. It is mostly black with two pale bands on the abdomen.


Woodland edge and hedgerows with shade and dappled light and lush vegetation. The larvae feed on ground-layer aphids.

Status and distribution

Widespread and common throughout Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and often recorded at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to November.