Hoverflies of Adur
WILDLIFE REPORTS           2008 - 2017
 


2017
 

10 August 2017
It was cool day with rain in the air so I was lucky if any butterflies were in flight over the Spring Head Shaw, Rifle Range, on the downs west Steyning.  I was more fortunate with hoverflies as I spotted my first impressive Volucella zonaria hoverfly of the year, shortly followed by my first Volucella inanis.
 

Volucella zonaria

22 July 2017

Hoverfly Dasysyrphys albostriatus
Buckingham Cutting (south) at the top of the Drive, north Shoreham


 
 
17 July 2017

Hoverfly Chrysotoxum festivum

Note the long antennae in this genus.

Middle slopes of Mill Hill

 

19 April 2017
Syrphus
This hoverfly from the top of Chanctonbury Drive, north Shoreham, has a broad abdomen and identification to genus was not instant. I will need to carefully consult the book (later). 

 

12 April 2017
It was an afternoon for the familiar early spring hoverflies (including Helophilus pendulus and Rhingia campestris) attracted to Alexanders.
 
6 April 2017

Melanostoma scalare

27 March 2017

Syrphus

9 March 2017
In the weak but welcome first sun of the year the  semi-wild area at the top of Chanctonbury Drive (Dovecote Estate) hosted flowering Sweet Violets which were visited by my first Honey Bee and my first of the small hoverflies of 2017. One was identified as the very common Marmalade Fly, Episyrphus balteatus.
 
 
 

2016
 
 
2 November 2016
Eristalis tenax. on Oxford Ragwort, Southwick Canal bank. 

20 July 2016
The first impressive Volucella zonaria hoverfly of the year was seen on Buckingham Cutting (south). The bumblebee mimic Volucella bombylans var. bombylans was seen in the same shaded area (near the remains of the Giant Hogweed) a minute later.
 
Volucella zonaria

Volucella bombylans var. bombylans 

 

19 July 2016
Cuckoo's Corner on Hogweed 

Cheilosia illustrata

27 June 2016 
Urban Shoreham.
Helophilus pendulus visiting my tiny front garden pond.
17 June 2016
Urban Shoreham.
The scutellum is yellow (black in Platycheirus) - this is Meliscaeva auricollis
24 May 2016 

Eristalis sp

1 May 2016 
I returned very late in the afternoon to try and get a decent photograph of the Orange-tip, but it did not make an appearance, only a flighty Green-veined White Butterfly and occasional hoverflies of at least five species including the pretty Leucozona lucorum

28 April 2016
The first hoverfly Rhingia campestris of the year was seen visiting White Deadnettle in the field north of Cuckoo's Corner

 
 

2015
 

8 September 2015

                                               Pixie Path

The distinctive hoverfly Rhingia campestris was seen visiting Red Bartsia on the Pixie Path. I usually think of this species as a spring hoverfly. The a main subject photographed is a Syrphus ? The small long hoverfly (top right) is Sphaerophoria scripta.

1 September 2015
 
Pixie Path, north Shoreham
Hoverfly Dasysyrphys albostriatus
 

 
15 August 2015
Steyning downland

Chrysotoxum bicinctum

 
13 August 2015

Hoverflies and Digger Wasp Ectemnius sp 

Buckingham Cutting (south)

Episyrphus balteatus

Sphaerophoria scripta (above)
Syrphus
Myathropa florea (not illustrated)
Meliscaeva auricollis

8 August 2015
Scaeva species
Steyning

21 July 2015
There was a Volucella zonaria hoverfly on Buckingham Cutting (south) in the shade.

3 June 2015
The small distinctive hoverfly Xanthogramma pedissequum visited my front garden amongst the plentiful flowering Brooklime in the pond.

17 April 2015
The distinctive hoverfly Rhingia campestris was seen visiting Green Alkanet on the Waterworks Road for the first time this year.
 


March 2015
Eristalis sp. hoverflies were seen in passing.
 
 
 

2014
 
 
 
7 September 2014
A Rhingia campestris hoverfly visited a Dwarf Thistle on Anchor Bottom.

6 September2014
A Rhingia campestris hoverfly visited a Hardhead on the eastern towpath north of Old Shoreham. This hoverfly is more often seen much earlier in the year in April and June.

23 August 2014
Syritta pipiens 
23 July 2014
There was a Volucella zonaria hoverfly on Buckingham Cutting (south).
22 July 2014
This hoverfly buzzed over Anchor Bottom. It was a bumblebee mimic. Volucella bombylans var. plumata
10 July 2014

 Eupeodes corollae
 at Withy Gap, Lancing

23 June 2014
As I was leaving Buckingham Cutting south I spotted by first of the year of the most impressive of hoverflies Volucella zonaria.

23 April 2014
My first confirmed Rhingia campestris hoverfly of the year was seen on the wooded path at the top of The Drive, near Buckingham Cutting south visiting Honesty.
 


 

2013
 

29 September 2013
A splendid large hoverfly Volucella zonaria, settled on a flowering Buddleia on the cyclepath by the Cement Works.
 
9 September 2013
This hoverfly was on Great Mullein on the lower slopes of Mill Hill

It could be a  Melanostoma sp.

Melanostoma scalare is my best attempt at an ID.  ???

1 August 2013
In the shade of the trees at the top of The Drive, north Shoreham, I noted my first two of impressive hoverfly Volucella zonaria this year.

25 July 2013
A half an hour passage trip along the southern bank of the A27 opposite Slonk Hill, and I was fortunate enough to spot the first of the large hoverflies of the year. It was the attractive Volucella inanis.

15 June 2013
The small colourful hoverfly Xanthogramma pedissequum was one of at three species of hoverfly that visited my Buttercup adorned front garden in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham.
17 May 2013
Rhingia campestris hoverflies visited Red Campion on the wild meadow managed verges of the Coombes Road by Ladywell's Stream.

5 May 2013
The first Rhingia campestris hoverfly of the year was seen over the verges of the Waterworks Road.

19 April 2013
My first confirmed hoverfly of the year was a Drone Fly, Eristalis, but I have missed noting down a few in the last week.
 


 

15 September 2012
On a sunny day, a large Ivy bush in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road hosted a few small flies, at least 15 of the usual hoverflies, mostly Drone Flies  Eristalis, at least one Syrphus, but including one of the impressive Volucella zonaria.
 
5 September 2012

A Helophilus pendulus from the front angle, a view not normally seen in photographs of this frequently seen species of hoverfly. It was seen on Buckingham Cutting (south). This hoverfly was frequently seen, much more prevalent than in previous years, with at least one sighting every day and usually more in the first week of September. Other places this hoverfly was seen including the verges of the Cyclepath north of Old Shoreham, the Waterworks Road (Adur Levels), Lancing Ring and Mill Hill
 

22 August 2012
On the outskirts of Shoreham, a detour passage through the Pixie Path. revealed a occasional of the commoner hoverflies including three separate sightings of the spectacular hoverfly Volucella zonaria, and occasional examples of the common hoverflyMyathropa florea with its distinctive behaviour.

17 August 2012
On a sunny and very humid day, in the linear spinney at the top of The Drive, North Shoreham, the large hoverfly Volucella inanis flew from the flowers of Bramble to Wild Parsnip to Yarrow in quick succession.

11 August 2012
My first of the spectacular hoverfly Volucella zonaria this year was seen near the ground in Butterfly Copse by the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham. This hoverfly is usually seen higher in the bushes.

27 April 2012
The distinctive hoverfly Rhingia campestris was seen visiting Green Alkanet on the Waterworks Road for the first time this year.
 


 

1 October 2011
An orange and black (wasp-like) insect flew around my head so I stopped cycling on the river bank side of Adur Recreation Ground and a large hoverfly Volucella zonaria landed on the front tyre of my mountain bike for a few seconds.
 
Helophilus pendulus 28 July 2011
There was a Volucella inanis hoverfly on the southern part of the Slonk Hill Cutting

24 July 2011
There was a Volucella inanis hoverfly on the southern part of the Slonk Hill Cutting.

29 June 2011
A Helophilus pendulus hoverfly (left) was briefly see on Buckingham Cutting (south).

22 June 2011
This hoverfly was seen on Buckingham Cutting (south) in Force 6 breezy conditions. 

Dasysyrphys albostriatus

I have only photographed this species once before, but it could be easily overlooked or mistaken for another commoner species. 

31 May 2011

Volucella pellucens was noted over the Brambles near the Buckingham Cutting (south).

27 April 2011
Flies were abundant and hoverflies frequently seen but only the common small and medium sized species: Drone Flies Eristalis, Marmalade Flies Episyrphus balteatus, Myathropa florea, Rhingia campestris and an Eupeodes species.

19 April 2011
The distinctive hoverfly Rhingia campestris was seen visiting Green Alkanet on the Waterworks Road for the first time this year.

17 April 2011
Another first of the year was the common hoverfly Myathropa florea with its distinctive behaviour.

12 April 2011
My first Helophilus pendulus hoverfly of the year was seen on the Pixie Path very close to the 'Butterfly Copse' at the southern end.

3 April 2011
At least one Drone Fly Eristalis, and one Marmalade Fly Episyrphus balteatus, were seen on the southern bank of the Buckingham Cutting.

1 April 2011
I noted my first hoverfly of the year on Alexanders on the Pixie Path, Old Shoreham. It was a species of Syrphus.
 


 
5 October 2010
After the rain had stopped for the first time this month most of the hoverflies had disappeared on the Ivy except for an occasional Drone Fly Eristalis and a few Syrphus

On the verges of the Coastal-Downs Link Cyclepath north of the Toll Bridge, there was a very small hoverfly (photograph on the right) on a Hogweed flower. It could be a  Melanostoma sp.

20 September 2010
Hoverflies were frequently seen with wasps and bees around the Ivy on the Pixie Path, notably Volucella zonaria (in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road), Myathropa florea, the Drone Fly Eristalis, Syrphus, and Helophilus pendulus.
Some of these identifications may be for Volucella inanis as the two species are very similar.

19 September 2010
The large hoverfly Volucella zonaria visited some Ivy in the Hawthorn scrub in the north-west of Mill Hill. Another Volucella zonaria was seen on Ivy in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road.
Some of these identifications may be for Volucella inanis as the two species are very similar until they settle.

7 September 2010
 

Syrphus (? ID)
Helophilus pendulus
Episyrphus balteatus

On the Bramble hedge rows on the southern side of Buckingham Cutting, there were handful of the hoverfly and one hoverfly Helophilus pendulus visiting a solitary Greater Knapweed still in flower, plus the inevitable Marmalade Flies Episyrphus balteatus.
 
Syrphus 2 September 2010
A rather uneventful trek to Lancing Ring found the large and impressive Volucella zonaria hoverfly and frequent Syrphus in the wood on the eastern border of McIntyre's Field. The behaviour of this smaller species (illustrated on the left) was markedly epistrophic.

(? ID) Syrphus, could be Eupeodes 

29 August 2010
The large hoverfly Volucella zonaria visited some Brambles on the verges of the steps leading to the lower slopes at the southern end of Mill Hill.

24 August 2010
The large hoverfly Volucella zonaria and the medium sized hoverfly Volucella pellucens were both noted over the Brambles near the Buckingham Cutting (south).
 
19 August 2010
After the overnight rain shower, I made an extended visit to the Slonk Hill Cutting area where there were five of the large hoverfly Volucella inanis seen in different locations. When the linear copse opened out there was the flowering vegetation (Sow Thistles, Goldenrod, Bramble flowers and blackberries etc.) that attracted scores of hoverflies, probably exceeding a hundred of the small Marmalade Flies Episyrphus balteatus, plus the medium-sized Syrphus, Drone Flies Eristalis, Scaeva, Myathropa florea, the small Sphaerophoria scripta and one of the larger Volucella zonaria.
18 August 2010
The large hoverfly Volucella inanis landed on some Goldenrod amongst the Brambles near (east of) the Buckingham Cutting southern bank. 
1 August 2010
Another cloudy day and not a day for butterflies to be out, and at first there were very few to be seen and many hoverflies were harassing the ones that had tried to settle in the cool conditions. An impressive Volucella zonaria was reluctant to settle over the Waterworks Road, with common Marmalade Flies Episyrphus balteatus everywhere, frequent Myathropa florea, frequent Syrphus and Scaeva species. One large hoverfly Volucella inanis was seen on Ivy on the Pixie Path.
Volucella inanis

30 July 2010
Hoverflies were frequent on the southern part of the Buckingham Cutting with Myathropa florea visiting Hogweed flowers, a Scaeva species visiting the smaller meadow flowers and the large impressive Volucella zonaria choosing Brambles as its favourite flower.
 
Volucella zonaria
Volucella zonaria

29 July 2010
My first Volucella inanis hoverfly of the year was seen under the canopy of trees that is Lancing Clump.

23 July 2010
My first confirmed impressive Volucella zonaria hoverfly of the year was seen on a clearing on the southern path of the Slonk Hill Cutting, north Shoreham.

18 July 2010
In the immediate hedgerow as the path leads east from the southern bank of Buckingham Cutting, north Shoreham, there was an explosion of flying insects: dragonflies, butterflies, hoverflies and other small flies and beetles. A first of the year was a large Volucella hoverfly  (possibly Volucella zonaria) but I was not quite sure of the species. Later I discovered (from the photograph on the right) that Volucella pellucens was present. The other commoner species noted were Myathropa florea (which is noted for returning to its same spot, a circuit called an epistrophe), a Syrphus and a Scaeva species.

27 June 2010
The Bumblebee mimic Volucella bombylans var. bombylans was spotted in the Hawthorn scrub immediately to the north of the lower slopes of Mill Hill.

26 April 2010
The first three Rhingia campestris hoverflies of the year were seen visiting the first Bluebells on the verges of the Waterworks Road on the footpath section.
 
9 April 2010
This hoverfly is my first Eupeodes species of the year.

24 February 2010
It was the first time this year that I have felt the warmth of the sun on my back. The air temperature reached 9.1 °C. There were very few flying insects but I did manage to spot a Drone Fly, Eristalis, my first hoverfly recorded this year. It flew around some low green vegetation in the Butterfly Copse near the Waterworks Road
 

2 October 2009
The fascinating Myathropa florea were frequent and noticeable, notably between the Waterworks Road and the Butterfly Copse, Old Shoreham.

20 September 2009
Ivy (notably around one large clump of Ivy on the Pixie Path, near the NW corner of Frampton's Field) hosted frequent Syrphus and Drone Flies, Eristalis, plus at least one each of Myathropa florea and Helophilus pendulus.

6 September 2009
The common species of hoverfly were plentiful amongst the Ivy on the verges of the cyclepath south of the Toll Bridge in Old Shoreham, including Myathropa florea and the frequent Episyrphus balteatus. In the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road, an impressive Volucella zonaria settled on the wooden railings for a few seconds.

2 September 2009
The hoverfly Myathropa florea was seen on the lower slopes of Mill Hill.

17 August 2009
On the upper meadows of Mill Hill a few Rhingia campestris hoverflies were noted visiting Wild Basil and Hardheads.
 
16 August 2009
By the Steyning Road in Old Shoreham (near the start of the footpath to the Waterworks Road and Mill Hill before the Field Maple tunnel) a black and yellow hoverfly Xanthogramma pedissequum flitted in the undergrowth.
3 August 2009
This hoverfly was frequently seen on the meadows on the upper part of Mill Hill and was thought to be a Scaeva species.

3 July 2009
The lilac-purple flowers of Teasel and Spear Thistle were noticed on the edge of the cyclepath from Botolphs to Annington Sewer and visited by hoverflies:
 
Syrphus
Episyrphus balteatus

30 June 2009
I only had twenty seconds to spot the large spectacular hoverfly Volucella zonaria over the southern part of Frampton's Field, Old Shoreham. It was the first one seen this year in warm humid weather conditions in mid-afternoon.
 
7 June 2009
Bumblebee mimic Volucella bombylans var. plumata at the entrance to the footpath to Mill Hill through the Field Maple tunnel by the Steyning Road, Old Shoreham. This hoverfly species is seen regularly in this area. 
2 June 2009
Bumblebee mimic Volucella bombylans var. bombylans at the entrance to the footpath to Mill Hill through the Field Maple tunnel by the Steyning Road, Old Shoreham. This hoverfly species is seen regularly in this area. 

17 May 2009
My first of the year bumblebee mimic hoverfly Volucella bombylans var. bombylans settled on the Pixie Path.

May 2009
The first of the year Volucella bombylans var. plumata hoverfly settled on the top part of the Pixie Path.
 
7 May 2009
The first Helophilus pendulus of the year was seen on a Stinging Nettles on the Waterworks Road.
26 April 2009

This hoverfly is my first Eupeodes species of the year.
 

25 April 2009
There were scores of the distinctive hoverfly Rhingia campestris over the Stinging Nettles and other vegetation outside the back gardens of the houses and next to the Alexander-lined path that runs along the southern boundary of Frampton's Field, Old Shoreham.

Late April 2009
 
Myathropa florea and ??? Hoverflies
on Alexanders
Rhingia campestris hoverfly on
Green Alkanet

14 April 2009
A solitary first of the year Rhingia campestris hoverfly visited Green Alkanet on the verges of the Waterworks Road.

28 March 2009
Hoverflies had been seen around since the beginning of the month. Most of these were Drone Flies, Eristalis pertinax, and there were some more in the Butterfly Copse near the Waterworks Road with one Sphaerophoria scripta noted.
 

21 September 2008
A large Volucella zonaria hoverfly was spotted in the twitten between Corbyn Crescent and Adelaide Square, Shoreham, where one had been seen earlier.

8 September 2008
A large Volucella zonaria hoverfly was spotted on Ivy in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road.
 
10 August 2008
Another Volucella inanis and a noteworthy Volucella pellucens hoverfly (illustrated right) were seen on the Pixie Path in the north-west corner amongst the Ivy.
Volucella pellucens

6 August 2008
Another Volucella zonaria (possibly V. inanis)hoverfly was seen on the Pixie Path in the north-west corner of Frampton's Field resting on the barbed wire where it has been seen in previous years.

4 August 2008
In the twitten between Corbyn Crescent and Adelaide Square, the large Volucella zonaria hoverfly, was my third seen this year and the first one ever seen in the residential area of Shoreham.

1 August 2008
My first Scaeva pyrastri of the year and a species of Helophilus which may not have been the usual Helophilus pendulus were seen on the Buckingham Cutting, southern side.
 
Volucella zonaria 27 July 2008
The second spectacular Volucella zonaria hoverfly of 2008 was seen amongst the waste land at the top of The Drive, Shoreham. 

27 July 2008
The first spectacular Volucella zonaria hoverfly of 2008 was seen amongst the scrub on Mill Hill.
 
Volucella inanis 23 July 2008
The first hoverfly Volucella inanis of the year was spotted in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road
13 July 2008
Marmalade Flies, Episyrphus balteatus, were seen on the southern bank of the Slonk Hill Cutting.
Episyrphus balteatus
23 June 2008
Hoverfly on Dog Rose adjacent to the Coastal Link Cyclepath south of the Toll Bridge.

It looks like a Syrphus. This species is frequently seen.
 

22 June 2008
The small  Soldier Fly, Chloromyia formosa, illustrated on the left was seen occasionally and was probably frequent at the top of Buckingham Park, Shoreham, amongst the vegetation under the canopy of trees. This is not a hoverfly. 

Marmalade Flies, Episyrphus balteatus, were seen on Mill Hill

19 June 2008
A particular attractive specimen of the bumblebee-mimic Volucella bombylans var. plumata hoverfly was noted on the lower slopes of Mill Hill and it was unfortunate that my camera was broken.

17 June 2008
On a passage trip to the Buckingham Cutting, I spotted my first bumblebee-mimic Volucella bombylans var. plumata hoverfly of the year.

23 May 2008
 
female Dasysyrphus venustus

Hoverflies on Dog Rose growing on the edge of the Coastal Link Cyclepath in Upper Beeding by the southern part of the Cement Works land. The first one is a female Dasysyrphus venustus, which are characteristic spring hoverflies associated with woodland edges. This is the first record on these Nature Notes pages.

ID by Tim Ransom
Photograph by Tim Ransom

The hoverfly on the right is smaller. I think this is a Melanostoma scalare ?

3 May 2008
Green Alkanet was attractive to the frequent Rhingia campestris hoverflies on the Waterworks Road.

27 - 29 April 2008
Hoverflies were common especially on the Alexanders. There were the usual species already mentioned and at least one Helophilus pendulus and a few Eupeodes.

25 April 2008
Occasional Rhingia campestris hoverflies visited Green Alkanet flowers on the Waterworks Road.  The first Sphaerophoria scripta were seen on the Slonk Hill Cutting south where the spinney opened up into a clearing, and visiting Daisies on the lower slopes of Mill Hill around midday.

23 April 2008
Frequent Syrphus, a few Myathropa florea hoverflies and my first Rhingia campestris of the year were all seen on the Alexanders bordering the path that runs along the south of Frampton's Field, Old Shoreham.

20 April 2008
There were plenty of hoverflies on the outskirts of Shoreham, but I did not note their species names. A few of these were Epistrophe eligans and the others noted were frequent Syrphus.

10 April 2008
The first Myathropa florea hoverfly was seen in the wasteland at the top of The Drive in Shoreham, followed by the first Syrphus on the Pixie Path to Mill Hill.

28 February 2008
I noted one of the Drone Flies, Eristalis pertinax, in the Butterfly Copse near the Waterworks Road.

4 February 2008
 

Photograph by Ray Hamblett


The first hoverfly of 2008 was recorded in Lancing. The small species has not been identified.

Report and Photograph by Ray Hamblett on UK Hoverflies


It could be Meliscaeva auricollis var. maculicornis (spring brood).

ID suggestion by Stuart D  (Donegal Wildlife)
but it could also be Platycheirus albimanus.

Lancing Hoverflies Database Records (by Ray Hamblett)
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