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Hoverfly (C bicinctum)

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A species occurring in grassy situations but likes the shelter of scrub and shrubs. Not widespread but common where it occurs.


Photograph by: 
Peter Orchard

Hoverfly: Chrysotoxum bicinctum

Post date: Monday, 18 May, 2015 - 00:00

I am always on the look out for new hoverflies to photograph and learn about; I find them fascinating as they are so variable in size, appearance and behaviour. When I discovered this one, Chrysotoxum bicinctum, I thought I was photographing a wasp and it was not until I got a closer look at home on the computer screen I realised it was not a wasp species but a hoverfly.

That deception is, of course, intentional. Potential preditors may think twice before having a go at this particular harmless insect; mind you, they would have to catch it first - hoverflies go from nought to gone in less than a second!

This species is vary variable in its distribution, common where you find it but not found everywhere if that makes any sense. My book also says that this species usually occurs in grassy situations but likes the shelter of scrub and shrubs. Everywhere I have now seen it this has been true.


The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Hoverfly (C bicinctum)
Scientific Name Chrysotoxum bicinctum
Interest Level
Species Family Hover flies
Preferred Environment
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Additional Identification Notes
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