Sphaerophoria scripta

Sphaerophoria scripta Linnaeus, 1758

Long hoverfly






Adult: 9-12 mm with abdomen narrow and clearly longer than wings, ornamented with black and yellow stripes. The female abdomen is broader and ends in a point. In the male it has a feather-like shape in middle.



This highly common migratory hoverfly is encountered on flowers and leaves from April to November with larger populations in July.
It has a predilection for yellow composite flowers (Asteraceae) and white umbelliferous ones (Apiaceae).

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