The insect above was enjoying the euonymus in my garden two days ago, before the chilly weather set in. I thought it might be a member of the species Epistrophe grossulariae, which is prevalent in Britain, but I am guessing that it is too early for this species. In my previous post, I looked at the Bee-fly, which mimics a bee for the purpose of keeping predators at bay, for fear of being stung. [Aside: do insects experience 'fear', I wonder?]. A similar mimicry thing is going on here with the wasp-like stripes of the Hoverfly.
The Buglife website is full of 'Hoverfly Superfacts' here.
I have added in these two previous photographs to demonstate the range of preferred flora and the diversity of habitat frequented by the Hoverfly. The insect above was in a dappled stream in Wales and the one below was enjoying a sunny garden.
An incredible 68 species of Hoverfly have been recorded for my postcode! Why not tap in your location to find out more ... this may only be for the UK. I shall certainly be keeping my eyes open. There are more Hoverflies over at Pencil and Leaf.