Wing length 7 - 10mm. A black hoverfly with two yellow bands on the abdomen and some yellow markings on the thorax. The wings have brown veins and darker smoking around the leading edge.
Woodland edge and hedgerows. The adults visit a wide range of umbelliferous and composite flowers. The larvae feed on ant-attended root aphids.
Status and distribution
Fairly common and widespread in the south, less common further north, although it does have a somewhat patchy distribution. Recorded from several sites in Nottinghamshire, including Netherfield Lagoons where it has become fairly regular.
Best time to see
May to September.