Hulme’s Hovering Hoverflys

Hoverfly feeding on the flowers of my climbing hydrangea. There are over 250 known species of hoverfly in the UK alone.This is one is possibly  of the platycheirus species. Whilst most hoverflys are usually associated with yellow and black colour bandings ( to mimic wasps as a deterrent to predators) this one is  more monochromatic in its colouring. In common with most other hoverflys, though, its larvae feed on aphids and the adults feed on nectar. I’ve been told this particular hoverfly is a female because its eyes aren’t touching each other!