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Scientific Name: Parasyrphus punctulatus
Common Name: n/a
Parasyrphus punctulatus is a widespread early-spring species, found in woodland throughout Britain and Ireland. This is a rather small hoverfly and is unusual amongst parasyrphus because the abdominal markings are spots rather than bars.
Adults are most obvious in April and May especially visiting the blossom of sallows, Blackthorn, Wild Cherry and other Prunus species. Commonly found in wooded areas, both deciduous and coniferous.
It visits a great range of spring flowers and is often seen at rest on paths. Females have been found laying eggs on the young growth of spruce shoots. Their flight period is March to August, peaking in May.
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