Friday 29 April 2011

A bright hoverfly

A quick post today to introduce a handsome hoverfly species, Leucozona lucorum. Its typical habitat is  woodland glades, where it is found on herbaceous vegetation in dappled shade. For two years running I have found it in the bed under our rowan. Today, this female enjoyed the flowers of Herb Robert, an abundant wildflower in our garden which attracts much bug life. It is a widespread species in the U.K. with a flight period is from May to August, and the larvae feed on ground aphids.

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