Adult found on white umbelliferous flowers
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Adults fly May - September.
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On flowers in sunny spots in woods, fields and gardens.
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Hoverfly with rat-tailed maggot larvae.
Found in peaty acidic areas
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Volucella pellucens, above, is usually found in woodland, but will occasionally be found in gardens near woods. Males tend to hover at or a metre or two above head height. The adult body length is 13 - 17 mm, and wing length 10 -15 mm.
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Terrestrial larvae often found near aphids - their food, but there are also aquatic species.
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