Thursday, 23 March 2000

Large Tiger Hoverfly (Helophilus trivittatus)

Adult Large Tiger Hoverfly (Helophilus trivittatus) at Geddington Chase, Northants - June 2010

OTHER NAMES: Sun Fly
Length: 11-17mm
Wingspan: 20-24mm
NOT EVALUATED IN UK IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

The Large Tiger Hoverfly is one of the more widespread Hoverfly species found in the UK.  There are several similar Tiger Hoverfly species, but as the name suggests, this is the largest of them, though there are a number of small features which can be used to identify them in the field when accurate comparison might not be possible including the colours of various panels of their bodies.  It's favoured plants include thistles and hogweed.

Related Species:
Order: Diptera
Family: Syrphidae
Genus: Helophilus
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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