Episyrphus balteatus (De Geer, 1776)
Probably the most common hoverfly in Nottinghamshire, Episyrphus balteatus can often be found in their hundreds on the flowerheads of various Umbelliferous plants. There were huge numbers noted at Eakring and other local sites in 2004, after this Hoverfly was known to have invaded the UK during a spell of hot weather.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Episyrphus balteatus
Episyrphus balteatus larva photographed on Silver Birch, Market Warsop July 2018
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Darren Matthews. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Pauline Bradford. Wil Heeney. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Nottingham City Council. Meg Skinner. Sean Tobin. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Brian Wetton. Derek Whiteley. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). NBGRC. Barry Lygo. David Shaw. Peter Kirby (Ploughman Wood Invertebrate survey 1998 on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust). 

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2021

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