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Thick-legged Hoverfly - Syritta pipiens
Thick-legged Hoverfly - Syritta pipiens

Thick-legged hoverfly
The thick-legged hoverfly (Syritta pipiens) is a species in the order two-winged flies (Diptera), the suborder Brachycera, the infraorder Muscomorpha (section Aschiza), the superfamily Syrphoidea, the family hoverflies (Syrphidae), and the genus Syritta.
This species is widespread and common in Europe, Asia, North Africa and North America. In Germany it is one of the most frequently occurring hoverflies.
Hooverfly - Syritta pipiens
Hooverfly - Syritta pipiens
Adult Syritta pipiens reach body lengths of 7 - 9 mm. Their bodies are club-shaped. In the males, there is an orange spot on both sides of the 2nd and 3rd abdominal segments; the females have silver-grey spots. Their femurs are very thick. Since their proboscises are very slim, they can fit inside even the smallest flowers.
Thick-legged Hoverfly - Side view
Thick-legged Hoverfly - Side view
The thick-legged hoverfly is common in almost all habitats, gardens, meadows, fields, however it is rare in forests. The females feed on pollen while the males eat nectar. The larvae (rat-tailed maggots) live in compost, manure and waste. The adult flies are active from April to September.
Syritta pipiens
Syritta pipiens
Hoverfly - Syritta pipiens
Hoverfly - Syritta pipiens

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1. Thick-legged Hoverfly - Syritta pipiens
2. Hooverfly - Syritta pipiens
3. Thick-legged Hoverfly - Side view
4. Syritta pipiens
5. Hoverfly - Syritta pipiens
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