This hoverfly is sometimes called ‘The Footballer’ due to its stripy thorax. There are in fact several species with similar stripes which are difficult to tell apart. Another name is ‘The Sunfly’ due to its preference for bright sunny days. In this species the black on the hind tibia is restricted to the distal third and the mid tibia is all yellow.
ID Guide – Helophilus
Around muddy puddles, wet ditches and ponds, but also in most sunny situations along roadsides, field margins, etc.
When to see it
April to November, very common from June to August with a peak in July.
Larvae have been found in farmyard drains, very wet manure, and very wet sawdust.
A common hoverfly and widespread throughout Britain.