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Platycheirus albimanus
Platycheirus albimanus

Platycheirus albimanus
Platycheirus albimanus (synonym Platycheirus cyaneus) is a species in the order two-winged flies (Diptera), the family hoverflies (Syrphidae), and the genus Platycheirus. This is the most easily identified species of its genus, this applies especially to the males of the species. Platycheirus albimanus are widespread and common in Europe, North America and North Asia.
Platycheirus albimanus
Platycheirus albimanus
These small, slender hoverflies reach body lengths of 7 - 10 mm. The abdomen has 6 grey patches, which extend to the edges. The legs are black and yellow in colour. The knees are broad. The mesonotum and scutellum are black and shiny. Platycheirus albimanus are found in almost all habitats, although they prefer moist, shady places.
Hoverfly - Platycheirus albimanus
Hoverfly - Platycheirus albimanus
Platycheirus albimanus feed on several plants including the parsley family, heather, thistles, oregano, forget-me-nots, buttercups and marsh marigolds. The adults are active from April to October. They produce up to 2 new generations a year. The first generation appears in May, and the second in August.

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1. Platycheirus albimanus
2. Platycheirus albimanus
3. Hoverfly - Platycheirus albimanus
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