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Scientific Name: Melanostoma scalare
Common Name: N/A
Melanostoma scalare is quite a small and easily missed hoverfly, commonly found at flowers during the summer months. The males have longer, thinner bodies than the females, with lozenge-shaped yellow spots compared to the more triangular-like spots in females. Both sexes have largely yellow antennae.
Common throughout the UK, they are in flight April to November, peaking at the end of May and in August. M. scalare can be encountered in a wide variety of habitats but is more strongly associated with woodland, shrubs and lush tall herbage such as nettles.
The life cycle is poorly understood but larvae appear to be generalised predators of other small invertebrates in leaf litter and grass tussocks.
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