Dasysyrphus albostriatus can be identified by the two parallel grey stripes on its thorax and the downward-angled yellow bands on its abdomen. It is a medium-small hoverfly with a wingspan no longer than a centimetre. It is also notable for the distinct markings along the front edge of its wings. Individuals can present a varied appearance, especially in different light conditions.
It is widespread in the British Isles, although more so in southern England.
There are two distinct generations of this short-lived insect, one in Spring, followed by a second in late summer and early autumn.
This is a small hoverfly, although the close-up photograph used here suggests otherwise.