Hoverfly (Scaeva pyrastri)

Name: Hoverfly (Scaeva pyrastri)

Scientific name: Scaeva pyrastri

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 50

What are nature stars?

About: A fairly common hoverfly, about 1.5cm long, mainly blackish with six white, comma-shaped spots on the body. Feeds on nectar, and is particularly common in the late summer. Its larvae feed on aphids - just like ladybirds do.

How to identify: Another fairly easy to identify hoverfly, although there are some closely related species which can look very similar.

Where: Widespread

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 80
  • Rarity: 30
  • Cute factor: 30
  • Traveller: 60

Fantastic fact: A frequent migrant from the continent, sometimes in large numbers.

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc

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