Annotated Hoverfly list – June

Nearly all records this month refer to Richmond Park as very few seen in the garden

  • Eristalis tenax – Richmond Park
  • Eristalis intricarius – Richmond Park
  • Eristalis pertinax – Richmond Park
  • Dasysyrphus sp – Several seen
  • Chrysotoxum festivum – One seen in Richmond Park feeding on Hawkweed
  • Chrysotoxum bicinctum – Seen on several occasions
  • Cheilisoa spLarge mainly black hoverfly seen in the Park and Ham Common Woods
  • Myathropa florea – A few still around especially later in the month on Ham Common Woods
  • Eupeodes luniger – Several females seen
  • Helophilus pendulus – The Footballer. Seen in the Park
  • Helophilus hybridus – Few seen in the Park
  • Helophilus trivatta – A large hoverfly compared to the other Helophilus species Seen on Ham Common (and Peg Pond 14th August)
  • Melanostoma scalare – Several seen in the back of the garden and in the Park
  • Episyrphus balteatus – Commonest hoverfly this month. All sites
  • Syphrus torvus – Richmond Park (hairy eyes!)
  • Syrphus vitripennis – Richmond Park (hind femur mostly black)
  • Syrphus ribesii – Richmond Park (hind femur yellow black)
  • Xylota segnis – Several in King Charles Spinney – large yellow patch on abdomen
  • Xylota sylvarum – King Charles Spinney and other places – distinctive “golden” patches on end of abdomen. More widespread it seems than X.segnis
  • Sphaerophoria sp not scripta – Several seen including on Bramble.
  • Sphaerophoria scripta – Seen several times (including 1st and 27th June). Abdomen/ wing length confirm it is this species
  • Volucella pellucens – Richmond Park
  • Volucella bombylans – Good bumble bee mimic with distinctive feathery aristae
  • Xanthogramma pedissequum – Richmond Park. Especially bridle paths where there is Bracken and Bramble. One also seen in Ham Common Woods
  • Platycherius albimanus – Ham Common

24 species seen again this month although in reality there were probably many I my camera missed. I would have expected another Volucella or two but I usually see these in Isabella Plantation so maybe in July.