Dasysyrphus albostriatus

At the time of first recording Dasysyrphus albostriatus on the 1st May 2023, it was the 20th species of Hoverfly recorded in the Garden. It’s genus was never really in any doubt, the black stripe down its face and the black markings on the wings leading edge identified it as such (*1).

Image 1: Showing in combination the facial stripe / dark wing markings, characteristic of the genus Dasysyrphus

The species was decided by the distinct characteristics, albeit faint examples, of the two grey stripes across the thorax in combination with the downward pointing markings on the abdomen (*1)

Dasysyrphus albostriatus, identified by the 2 x grey stripes on the thorax

A common species over much the country, with two generations each year. The specimen above is photographed feeding on the apple blossom.