Friday, 4 July 2014

Sphaerophoria scripta - Long Hoverfly

The Long Hoverfly has a wingspan of 7 to 12 mm. It is a migratory species, so UK populations are probably boosted in some years. Flight period is long April to November with a peak in July-August.

The female of Sphaerophoria scripta has the body of the typical hover fly: long, broadened somewhere near the middle and ending conically. The markings, yellow stripes on a black background, are typical of hover flies. It is very difficult to tell apart females of the various species in the genus Sphaerophoria. The male looks very different: they have a long, slim, stick like body, ending suddenly without tipped end, their body is longer than their wings.

An impressive fact - They can complete a full life cycle in as little as sixteen days (egg to egg-laying adult), and have a maximum of nine generations in a single year!
male Sphaerophoria scripta

male Sphaerophoria scripta

male Sphaerophoria scripta