Hoverfly

Syrphus ribesii

About

Syrphus ribesii is a very common hoverfly found along hedgerows, in gardens and woods. Adults feed on the nectar of flowers, while the larvae are predators of aphids. This hoverfly has multiple broods and adults are seen throughout spring and summer, while the larvae survive the winter as pupae. It creates a hum when resting by vibrating its wings.

How to identify

Syrphus ribesii has a rounded, black body with a pattern of yellow spots and bands. This is just one of a large group of very similar hoverflies which can be found in a variety of habitats. Many hoverflies are very difficult to identify, requiring a microscope to look at tiny characters including the shape of the veins in the wings.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November

How can people help

Syrphus ribesii larvae feed on aphid-pests and the adults are good pollinators, so they should be welcomed by the gardener. Encourage them into your garden by planting nectar-rich borders in which the adults can feed. To find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Hoverfly
Latin name
Syrphus ribesii
Category
Invertebrates
Flies
Statistics
Body length: 1cm
Conservation status
Common.