Verrall’s Wasp Hoverfly

Chrysotoxum verralli


Wing length 8.5 - 10.5mm. A beautifully marked wasp-mimic. The black antennae are long and forward pointing. The black thorax has two pale longitudinal stripes and bright yellow markings along its sides. The scutellum is dark with a yellow border and the abdomen is black with markings in bright yellow and dusky yellow. The wing veins show a slight amber colour.


Woodland edge and hedgerows. The larvae feed on ant-attended aphids.

Status and distribution

Mainly a southern species with a constricting range. Can be fairly common at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to October.