Footballer fly

Footballer fly
Footballer fly

Helophilus pendulus is a common European hoverfly sometimes nicknamed the footballer fly due to its distinctive strip – Hull City maybe?  The Latin means “hanging marsh-lover” – the larvae can be found in a variety of waterbodies, from lakes and rivers to ditches and puddles.

Footballer fly is one of several species of hoverfly that develop from the rat-tailed maggot larvae, of which there are many in the newly dug pond.  Footballer flies are however able to wander well away from their water body of origin.

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