Long Hoverfly
Fact File
Female
Taken at Turnberry on 19th August 2018 withPanasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode.




 

 

 
Long Hoverfly.
Scientific Name:
Order:
Family:
Sphaerophoria scripta.
Diptera.
Syrphidae.
Larval Food:
Description:





Length:
Wingspan:

Habitat:
Flies/Found:
Feature:
Ground -  layer Aphids.
The wings are transparent. Antennae are short and yellow.
The face is yellow. Thorax is a bit dull, copper colored with
broad yellow side stripes. Scutellum is yellow. Abdomen is
long and cylindrical with four wide, yellow transverse bands.
The legs are yellow. Females are brighter than the males.
In the males the last two bands are often blurred.
7 - 12 mm.
5 - 7 mm.
Thickets, gardens and meadows rich of flowering plants.
April to November, peaking in July and August.
Derives it's name from the fact that it's body is longer
than it's wingspan.