Hoverfly - Eriozona syrphoides

Hoverfly - Eriozona syrphoides

Observation - Hoverfly - Eriozona syrphoides. Description: A new species for me, I saw this large, bumblebee mimic hoverfly in a mixed, damp woodland valley on hogweed flowers. The bright yellow face, pale yellow scutellum, dark wing patch and the red tip to the abdomen (the tergite surface is red) have led me t

A new species for me, I saw this large, bumblebee mimic hoverfly in a mixed, damp woodland valley on hogweed flowers. The bright yellow face, pale yellow scutellum, dark wing patch and the red tip to the abdomen (the tergite surface is red) have led me to the id. The field guide says this species is usually recorded in spruce plantations or mixed woodland where spruce is present. Conifers are present at the location I found it, but I'd need to check on a future visit whether spruce are present.