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Scientific Name: Xanthogramma pedissequum
Common Name: N/A
Xanthogramma pedissequum is quite a distinctive hoverfly, and is most easily distinguished from the similar X. citrofasciatum by the rather dumpy appearance of the yellow triangles on tergite 2.
Habitat is usually grassland and open woodland rides, preferring short turf and some bare ground such as pathways. Their flight period is from May to September, peaking in late June and early July. Males are sometimes seen hovering just a few centimetres above the ground, particularly over bare ground like paths.
The larvae feed on aphids within the nests of ants. X. pedissequum is quite frequent in southern England south of a line from The Wash to the south Wales coast.
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