Marmalade Hoverfly – Episyrphus balteatus

Certainly the most frequent hoverfly species that visits our garden. We see these regularly from spring to autumn (perhaps most during July time). A smallish hoverfly but with amazingly defined features. The moustache lines and silver bands give these guys away, nothing else has this pattern.

These guys are the only representatives of the Episyrphus genus in Great Britain and perhaps our favorite hoverfly, seen above on a buttercup.