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Scientific name: Helophilus pendulus
Size: Wingspan approximately 25mm. Body up to 17mm
Distribution: Found throughout the UK
Months seen: April to October
Life span: Up to 6 weeks
Habitat: Meadows and gardens - usually near water
Food: Nectar and pollen
Special features: Marsh hoverflies have three distinctive black stripes running lengthways along the thorax. The abdomen is mainly yellow with black patches. The legs are yellow with some black sections.
Marsh hoverfly larvae develop in water.