Species: Tiger Hoverfly (Helophilus pendulus)

Family: Hoverflies (SYRPHIDAE)

Category: Insects (Other)

Location: Widespread

A. Insects (Other)

More extensive information on insects can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Hoverflies (SYRPHIDAE)

True to their name, the hoverflies hover around flowers, and then alight to feed on nectar and pollen. They are very important pollinators, and despite the fact that some look like wasps or bees, this is just mimicry and helps to keep potential predators at bay. Hoverflies have no sting, and have short, drooping antennae. The larvae are as useful as the adults, in that they feed on aphids.

We have a photograph-filled blog post about all the hoverflies that we have seen in the Cemetery that may be worth your time.

C. Tiger Hoverfly (Helophilus pendulus)

This is one of the UK's most common hoverfly, and is active in the cemetery from April until October.

The common English name for this hoverfly is the 'Tiger Hoverfly' or even 'The Footballer', the latter for obvious reasons.

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Helophilus pendulus (Tiger Hoverfly)

This is the UK's most common hoverfly, and is active in the cemetery from April until October.

Helophilus pendulus (Tiger Hoverfly)

This hoverfly is sometimes also called 'The Footballer' - for obvious reasons.

Helophilus pendulus (Tiger Hoverfly)

The common English name for this hoverfly is the 'Tiger Hoverfly' or even 'The Footballer', the latter for obvious reasons.

Helophilus pendulus (Tiger Hoverfly)

This individual was photographed in July 2023.