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Scientific Name: Dasysyrphus albostriatus
Common Name: N/A
Dasysyrphus albostriatus has two light-coloured stripes (hence its latin names: albo and striatus) on the thorax which are pretty distinctive markings when attempting to identify this hoverfly. Also the oblique bars on tergites 3 and 4, which are often fused along the centre line into an inverted V shaped band (see above), especially noted in the summer brood females.
Often found on warm spring days in April and May, though can be found until November. It is known as a woodland-edge species, although the one illustrated was photographed in my suburban garden in Wolverhampton, which is nowhere near a wood! Widespread thoughout the UK exept in the very far north of Scotland.
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