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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.

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