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Marmalade hoverfly

A species of Episyrphus, Also known as Marmalade fly
Scientific name : Episyrphus balteatus Genus : Episyrphus

Marmalade hoverfly, A species of Episyrphus
Also known as:
Marmalade fly
Botanical name: Episyrphus balteatus
Genus: Episyrphus
Marmalade hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) Photo By portioid , used under CC-BY-SA-4.0 /Cropped and compressed from original

Description

Marmalade hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) is a hoverfly species that tends to congregate in groups. This sometimes alarms people who mistake them for wasps, although marmalade hoverfly does not sting and is harmless to humans and animals. It feeds on nectar and pollen grains, possesses the rare ability to crush the latter.
Colors
Black
Orange
Habitat
urban garden
Biting/stinging
Not reported
Non-poisonous
Yes
The Marmalade hoverfly is not toxic and does not usually pose a threat to human health. There is no need to be overly concerned.
Borer
Not reported
Pollinator
Yes
The Marmalade hoverfly is often found near the corolla, where the fluffy hairs are easily covered with pollen, which can help pollinate the plant.
Predatory
Yes
The Marmalade hoverfly usually feeds on other arthropods and does not have a direct impact on plants.
Biting animal or pet
Yes

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General Info

Species Status

It is distributed in Palaearctic region, Europe, North Asia, and North Africa.

Distribution Area

Palaearctic region, Europe, North Asia, North Africa

Appearance

Episyrphus balteatus, sometimes called the marmalade hoverfly, is a relatively small hoverfly (9 - 12 mm) of the Syrphidae family, widespread throughout the Palaearctic region, which covers Europe, North Asia, and North Africa. The upper side of the abdomen is patterned with orange and black bands. Two further identification characters are the presence of secondary black bands on the third and fourth dorsal plates and faint greyish longitudinal stripes on the thorax. Its color patterns may appear wasp-like to other animals, such as birds, protecting it from predation.

AdultSize

9 - 12 mm

How to identify it?

Marmalade hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) Marmalade hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) Photo By portioid , used under CC-BY-SA-4.0 /Cropped and compressed from original

Scientific Classification

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