Episyrphus balteatus

Episyrphus balteatus (De geer, 1776)

Marmalade hoverfly

Morphology

Adult: 9-11 mm, abdomen ringed with orangey-yellow and black, encircled with two fine, light-colored stripes.
Larva: whitish, translucent with orange filaments, it looks like a leech.

Diet

The eggs are laid individually in the aphid colonies.
The larvae are devoid of legs and eat large numbers of species of aphids. They have a voracious appetite at stages 3 and 4.
The adults feed on pollen, nectar and honeydew.

Habitat

Episyrphus balteatusis abundant present from April to October in all the environments.

Modification date : 07 February 2023 | Publication date : 05 September 2011 | Redactor : Evelyne Turpeau, Maurice Hullé, Bernard Chaubet