Scaeva pyrastri (Linnaeus, 1758)
A large species which is characteristically marked and the eyes are covered in very fine hairs. Scaeva pyrastri is a migrant species to the UK, sometimes becoming established for a while before dying out. It's numbers fluctuate from year to year. S. pyrastri was noted regularly in 2006 at Eakring and Warsop Main Pit Top and then reached Nottinghamshire again more recently in 2009. 2010 proved to be another good year, with this hoverfly turning up at many visited sites and gardens.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Scaeva pyrastri
Scaeva pyrastri larva, photographed at Market Warsop July 2018
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Pauline Bradford. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Darren Matthews. Sean Tobin. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Barry Lygo. David Shaw. Brian Wetton.

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Updated January 2024

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