Hoverfly - helophilus_pendulus
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Taken at Balgray Reservoir on 23rd September 2018 using Nikon D500
with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.




 


Female
Taken at Baron's Haugh on 19th August 2015 with Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode.
Fact File
 
 
Hoverfly - Helophilus pendulus.
Scientific Name:
Order:
Family:
A.K.A.
Helophilus pendulus.
Diptera.
Syrphidae.
The Footballer ( Due to it's stripy thorax )
Larval Food:
Adult Food:
Wingspan:

Habitat:
Flies/Found:
Feature:
Animal and leaf waste.
Pollen/Nectar
8.5 - 11.25 mm.
Muddy puddles, wet ditches and ponds.
April - November.
 Its scientific name means "dangling marsh-lover"
(from Greek helo-, "marsh", -phil, "love", Latin pend-, "hang").
It's common name 'Sun Fly' is probably based on a mis-reading of helo- as helio-. Sun