Today while out on a cycle I saw one of these and said to my girlfriend I haven’t yet seen one of these in the garden , of course I don’t really think she was that bothered. So I took some photos of it on a thistle. When I got home and went in the garden there was one on my Ladies Lace plant , yes plant not my ladies lace pants.
Sometimes called the Pellucid Hoverfly, this is one of the largest flies in Britain. It has a striking ivory-white band across its middle and large dark spots on its wings.
Well wooded hedgerows, woods and copses where it favours Bramble flowers and umbellifers.
When to see it
May to October peaking June and July.
Its larvae live in the nests of social wasps and bumblebees, eating waste products and the bee larvae… Naturespot