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Scientific Name: Chrysotoxum festivum
Common Name: n/a
Chrysotoxum festivum is an attractively marked hoverfly, not an abundant species in the UK, but widespread in southern England and Wales, extending up to north-west England. Very scarce in north-east England and Scotland, but there are records as far north as Inverness.
Typical habitats are grassy places and heathland, usually near woods or scrub margins, but is also found in gardens; this particular specimen was photographed on my lawn in north-west Wolverhampton, near to the S.Staffs/Shropshire borders. Adults visit a variety of flowers, but especially umbellifers and thistles
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