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Scientific Name: Melanostoma mellinum
Common Name: n/a
Melanostoma mellinum is one of the commonest hoverflies in the UK. The female (shown here) is fairly easily separated from the very similar M.scalare by the absence of dusting on the frons, M.mellinum having one that is almost entirely shining black.
Very abundant in grasslands but can be found higher up on moorland and mountainsides. Adults are on the wing from April to October, commonly with two peak periods in late May to early June and again in July to August.
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