Helophilus trivittatus
West Worthing, West Sussex / Port of Niss, Isle of Lewis
Helophilus trivittatus (female), Worthing, West Sussex, September 2021
[ Wingspan: 10 - 12 millimetres ]

Most markedly, Helophilus trivittatus has black and yellow stripes on its thorax that run front-to-back, similar to Helophilus pendulus.

This hoverfly is larger and longer than other hoverflies, so usually stands out even to a casual observer. Its abdominal side patches are lemon yellow in appearance. The central stripe on its face is also lemon yellow. Its hind tibia is two-thirds dark, rather than the more typical one-third dark that ones sees with other hoverflies.

This is another of our important pollinators.

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