Thursday, 23 March 2000

Long hoverfly (Sphaerophoria scripta)

Adult Long Hoverfly (Sphaerophoria scriptas) at Geddington Chase, Northants - August 2011

Length: 7-12mm
Wingspan: 10-14mm
NOT EVALUATED IN UK IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

A small hoverfly with a very quick life cycle - it goes from egg to egg laying adult in a time period as small as sixteen days, potentially resulting in nine generations being born in a single year.  This is more a species of open habitats like grassland and urban wasteland where it's larvae feed on aphids.

Related Species: 
Order: Diptera
Family: Syrphidae
Genus: Sphaerophoria
Subspecies: Unknown

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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