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Scientific Name: Sphaerophoria scripta
Common Name: N/A
Sphaerophoria scripta males are readily identifiable as their body is longer than the wings, though the pattern of black and yellow is variable. It is a quite strikingly different species, when compared to many other hoverflies.
Habitat is open grassland and urban wasteland. Adults are found on the wing from April to November, peaking in July and August.
The larvae feed on ground-layer aphids. Migrants probably add to the British population in some years. Common and widespread over much of Britain, though less so in the north.
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