Dasysyrphus albostriatus
West Worthing, West Sussex
Dasysyrphus albostriatus (female), west Sussex, April 2022
[ Wingspan: 6.5 - 9 millimetres ]

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.

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