The Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus) is a small insect in the Syrphidae family of hoverflies. It is also known as the Marmalade Hoverfly.
The Marmalade Fly is patterned with orange and black bands on the top of its abdomen. The female has dark-orange, light-orange, and black bands. It looks like a wasp, but it is smaller and it does not have a tiny waist. The male has holoptic eyes, which means that the left and right compound eyes touch at the top of its head. The adult has wings.
It grows to about 1 centimetre (a third of an inch) in length.
It is common and widespread across Europe, north Asia, and north Africa. It is found in a variety of habitats, including gardens.
It feeds on the pollen and the nectar of flowers. The larva (grub) lives on land and feeds on aphids.
The Marmalade Fly often forms migratory swarms.
Location of photographs: Paris, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM