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Hover-flies - Episyrphus Balteatus

First seen on Sunday 11th July 2021 at Druridge Bay

Annoyingly most Hoverflies are referenced by Latin names rather than nice descriptive names like those bees are given. This one is one of the few exceptions, as it is also known as the 'Marmalade Hoverfly'. It is easily identified by its extra two-tone narrow bands around its abdomen, and the two 'moustache' shaped black bands. They are actually present most of the year, as they can hibernate through the winter. Numbers usually peak around August.