Identify Hoverflies (Syrphidae)
seen at The Netherfield Lagoons

Discover more about these species such as habitat, a detailed description, their national distribution and the best time of year to see them (or visit the lagoons to try and find them!). Each species has photographs to help you in identification.

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Gossamer Hoverfly
Baccha elongata

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Chequered Hoverfly
Melanostoma scalare

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White-footed Hoverfly
Platycheirus albimanus

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Hoverfly
Platycheirus fulviventris

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Hoverfly
Platycheirus manicatus

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Hoverfly
Platycheirus peltatus

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Hoverfly
Platycheirus tarsalis

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Hoverfly
Platycheirus granditarsus

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Hoverfly
Platycheirus rosarum

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Common Paragus
Paragus haemorrhous

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Two-banded Wasp Hoverfly
Chrysotoxum bicinctum

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Hook-banded Wasp Hoverfly
Chrysotoxum festivum

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Verrall’s Wasp Hoverfly
Chrysotoxum verralli

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Stripe-backed Dasysyrphus
Dasysyrphus albostriatus

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Broad-barred Dasysyrphus
Dasysyrphus venustus

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Pale-sided Epistrophe
Epistrophe diaphana

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Spring Epistrophe
Epistrophe eligans

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Broad-banded Epistrophe
Epistrophe grossulariae

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Dark-backed Epistrophe
Epistrophe nitidicollis

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Marmalade Hoverfly
Episyrphus balteatus

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Migrant Eupeodes
Eupeodes corollae

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Meadow Eupeodes
Eupeodes latifasciatus

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Common Spotted Eupeodes
Eupeodes luniger

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Blotch-winged Hoverfly
Leucozona lucorum

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Matt-backed Melangyna
Melangyna compositarum/labiatarum

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Hairy Melangyna
Melangyna lasiophthalma

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Shiny-backed Melangyna
Melangyna umbellatarum

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Spotted Meliscaeva
Meliscaeva auricollis

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White-clubbed Hoverfly
Scaeva pyrastri

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Hoverfly
Sphaerophoria rueppellii

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Long Hoverfly
Sphaerophoria scripta

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Humming Syrphus
Syrphus ribesii

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Barred Ant-hill Hoverfly
Xanthogramma citrofasciatum

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Superb Ant-hill Hoverfly
Xanthogramma pedissequum

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Great Spring Cheilosia
Cheilosia grossa

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Hogweed Cheilosia
Cheilosia illustrata

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Burdock Cheilosia
Cheilosia impressa

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Buttercup Cheilosia
Cheilosia albitarsis/ranunculi

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Ragwort Cheilosia
Cheilosia bergenstammi

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Parsley Cheilosia
Cheilosia pagana

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Common Thistle Cheilosia
Cheilosia proxima

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Figwort Cheilosia
Cheilosia variabilis

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Common Snout-hoverfly
Rhingia campestris

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Dark-winged Chrysogastor
Chrysogastor solstitialis

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Green Marsh Hoverfly
Lejogastor metallina

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Common Marsh Hoverfly
Melanogastor hirtella

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Comon Swamp Neoascia
Neoascia tenur

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Smudge-veined Neoascia
Neoascia podagrica

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Hoverfly
Riponnensia splendens

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Waisted Duckfly
Anasimyia contracta

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Small Spotty-eyed Dronefly
Eristalinus sepulchralis

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Plain-faced Dronefly
Eristalis arbustorum

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Stripe-faced Dronefly
Eristalis nemorum

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Furry Dronefly
Eristalis intricarius

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Tapered Dronefly
Eristalis pertinax

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Stripe-eyed Dronefly
Eristalis tenax

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Marsh Tiger Hoverfly
Helophilus hybridus

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Tiger Hoverfly
Helophilus pendulus

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Large Tiger Hoverfly
Helophilus trivittatus

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Batman Hoverfly
Myathropa florea

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Hoverfly
Parhelophilus frutetorum/versicolor

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Lesser Bulb Fly
Eumerus funeralis/strigatus

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Narcissus Fly
Meredon equestris

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Hoverfly
Pipizella viduata

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Hoverfly
Pipizella virens

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Bog Hoverfly
Sericomyia silentis

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Bumblebee Hoverfly
Volucella bombylans

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Great Pied Hoverfly
Volucella pellucens

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Lesser Hornet Hoverfly
Volucella inanis

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Hornet Hoverfly
Volucella zonaria

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Hoverfly
Syritta pipiens

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Tooth-thighed Hoverfly
Tropidia scita

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Orange-belted Hoverfly
Xylota segnis

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Golden-tailed Hoverfly
Xylota sylvarum

All photography taken at the Netherfield Lagoons, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire