White-footed Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus)

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Description
This is a relatively small hoverfly with grey-silver spots, though in the male these can have a bronze tint. The ‘pale foot’ refers to the pale swelling in the front tibia (foot) of the male; however other Platycheirus species have this too.
Photo ID? Identifiable from a photo with care
Habitat
Hedgerows and gardens.
When to see it
March to November, peaking in May/early June and again in July/August.
Life History
The larvae are found on low growing bushes where they eat aphids.
UK Status
This is a common and widespread species in Britain.

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