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Scientific Name: Platycheirus albimanus
Common Name: N/A
Platycheirus albimanus is one of the commonest hoverflies and widespread throughout Britain.
Wing length 5 - 8mm. This is a dark-looking species with grey spots on the tergites and a pale tip to the abdomen. The front tibia of the male are very pale and expand abruptly towards the apex.
Habitat is usually woodland edges and hedgerows, but reasonably common in gardens (where my specimen was photographed), visiting a wide range of flowers. The larvae feed on aphids in low herbaceous plants and bushes. On the wing March to November, peaking in May/early June and again in July/August.
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