Reddish Vale Country Park
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Hover-Flies are some of our most colourful flies, but not all are brightly coloured.
There are around 250 species in the British Isles, and can be recognised by their remarkable hovering ability and swift, darting flight.
Many hover-flies are excellent mimics of bees and wasps, although they can be easily identified by their much shorter drooping antenna.
The adults feed mainly on nectar. The larvae are extremely varied in both appearance and behaviour and include carnivours, vegetarians and scavengers. Aphid feeding hover-fly larvae are begining to be recognised as an imortant natural enemie of pests.
Hover-flies, despite their warning colours are harmless and can be seen on many species of flowers for much of the year.