Myathropa florea

This was on a leaf…in the sunshine. Myathropa florea…probably..

This hoverfly has bold yellow and black markings. The pattern of grey spots and bars on the thoracic dorsum and yellow body hairs help to identify the species.

A fairly large hoverfly resembling an Eristalis but with distinct grey markings on the thorax (often likened to the Batman logo), and with wing cell R1 open and meeting the costa. Summer individuals are especially bright; spring ones are usually duller with more extensive black markings on the abdomen and the paler markings of the abdomen buff-yellow rather than bright lemon-yellow.

Seen in the gardens of Chiswick House in August 2020

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