Epistrophe eligans
West Worthing, West Sussex
Epistrophe eligans (female), Worthing, West Sussex, May 2022
[ Wingspan: 6 - 9 millimetres ]

Epistrophe eligans is a small hoverfly that appears in spring, often in great numbers. They have a distinctly brass-coloured thorax, and can be quite varied in colouration/patterning of the abdomen, although it is typically darker than many other hoverflies that you may see.

Larvae of this type of hoverfly feed on aphids found on Elder, Sycamore and fruit trees.

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