Rhingia rostrata

Rhingia rostrata

Rhingia rostrata is a small species of hoverfly, some 7 to 10mm in length, with a wing span from 11 to 16mm. It is not un-common in many parts of Europe from March until November, though is slightly less common than Rhingia campestris in many parts of it range. In Britain it is only found in southern England. It has a broad orange abdomen, but lacking the black line along the side as in Rhingia rostrata, but it still has the distinctive long snout of all Rhingia species. Larva are associated with cow dung. Adults feed on nectar and pollen.

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