Bury Wildlife

Hoverflies Syrphidae

Baccha elongata It favours woodland rides and hedgerows, seeking out sunny patches common

Chrysotoxum bicinctum It is found in grassy habitats, usually sheltered near to shrubs and trees. Peaks June

Cheilosia illustrata A furry bumblebee mimic with a dark wing cloud. Body is usually pale haired with a black band across the centre of the thorax, and another across tergite 3. It is typically seen settled with its wings closed tightly over its back

Dasysyrphus albostriatus  The oblique yellow bars help to identify this species, Grey stripes on the thorax are also a distinguishing feature. Found edge of woods common

Chrysotoxum festivum  Lays egg on near ant nest seen west GMC

Dasysyrphus albostriatus The yellow bars reach the margins of the abdomen with inflated inner ends, so appearing to curve upwards. CommonV

Epistrophe elegans?

Marmalade Hoverfly - Episyrphus balteatus, Gardens, hedgerows, parks and even woodland in sunny spots. All year. Very common

Eristalis arbustorum Smaller drone-fly stocky shape, but is distinguished by a completely pale dusted face.  Variable markings on its body and some can be almost totally black.


Eristalis intricarius large hoverfly is a furry bumble bee mimic. The colours are variable but it often has a white tail and always has a yellow scutellum


Eristalis pertinax  Similarr to E. tenax it has a more tapering abdomen and it also has pale or orangey front legs.Orange markings on  the abdomen are nearly always present


drone fly eristalis tenax This  'drone' fly mimic bee drones . It  has dark front tarsi and a very noticeable dark face stripe. The orange marks on the abdomen are variable

Eupeodes corollae migrant hoverfly males and females have quite different yellow markings.  The yellow 'commas' on the male often merge together


helophilus pendulus This hoverflycalled 'The Footballer' due to its stripy thorax. There are   similar stripey species. Common


Eupeodes  luniger the species can be variable in terms of both size and colour. common migrant

Leucozona glaucia  black stigma, yellow scutellum, large quadrate spots on tergite 2 and narrow bands on tergites 3 and 4. markings on the abdomen are oftenyellow, but grey frequent.


Leucozona lucorum distinctive common mimic. Seen in wooded areas and is common


Melanogaster hirtella Found inear the margins of marsh or running water where there vegetation. Adults are  found visiting flowers, especially white umbels. Common


leucozona laternaria The scutellum of this species is black with just the tip yellow and the front and mid legs are extensively black on the tibiae and tarsi


Leucozona glaucia 28/08/14 Found Wigan common

Melangyna labiatarum  The species shows a preference for feeding on umbellifers such as Hogweed and favours sunlit glades in areas with some tree cover,


Melanostoma mellinum common


Meliscaeva auricollis Prefers well-wooded places and is usually found around trees. One of the first to emerge


Chequered Hoverfly - Melanostoma scalare Lush herbage in well wooded areas and even gardens. Common



Parasyrphus punctulatus widespread and common early spring species in woods throughout Britain


myathropa florae common species seen on flowers from May to September. It is of similar size as the drone fly but generally more yellow, with two light bands to the thorax, interrupted with a black central smudge


Platycheirus  Likes grassland common


Orthonevra brevicornis Found near water uncommon and local.

rhingia campestris Very common near hedges


syrphus ribeshi identical to Syrphus vitripennis exxcept the female's hind femur is yellow rather than black. males have a hairy base to their wings


Platycheirus tarsalis woodland species local


Platycheirus scutatus woodsland fly tentative

Pellucid Fly - Volucella pellucens Very large fly found near woods larvae are parasitic on wasp nests. Common


Xylota segnis common woodland species


volucella bombylans Bumblebee mimic common. Two main varieties which mimic different  bumblebee, one with an orange-red tail (V. bombylans) and the other with a white tail (V. plumata).


Syritta pipiens seen meadows thick legged fly