UK HOVERFLIES - called FLOWER FLIES in the US
  
Hoverflies mimic the appearance of bees and wasps for protection against predators but they don't sting.
    The adults are beneficial pollinators and some of the larvae eat garden/agricultural pests. Birds eat both adults and larvae.
Beefly
Beefly (Bombylius major)
not a true Hoverfly
Belted Hoverfly Hornet Mimic
Hornet mimic/Belted Hover
 
Volucella zonaria
Volucella inanis hoverfly
hornet mimic
Volucella inanis
Volucella bombylans hoverfly
bumblebee mimic
Volucella bombylans
Volucella pellucens hoverfly
Pellucid Hoverfly
Volucella pellucens
Greater Bulb Fly
Greater Bulb Fly
Merodon equestris
Cheilosia illustrata hoverfly
bumblebee mimic
Cheilosia illustrata
Drone Fly
Drone Fly –
Eristalis sp.
Tenax Drone Fly
Drone Fly/honeybee mimic –
Eristalis tenax
Pertinax Drone Fly
Drone Fly –
Eristalis pertinax
Horticola Drone Fly
Honeybee mimic –
Eristalis horticola
Arbustorum Drone Fly
Honeybee mimic –
Eristalis arbustorum
Chrysotoxum bicinctum hoverfly
wasp mimic –
Chrysotoxum bicinctum
Dead Head Hoverfly
Dead Head Hoverfly –
Myathropa florea

Marmalade hoverfly male
Marmalade Hoverfly – m
Episyrphus balteatus
Marmalade hoverfly female
Marmalade Hoverfly – f
Episyrphus balteatus
Helophilus pendulus hoverfly footballer
Sun Fly/ Footballer –
Helophilus pendulus
Syrphus ribesii hoverfly
wasp mimic –
Syrphus ribesii
Syrphus species hoverflies
wasp mimic –
Eupeodes latifasciatus
Eupeodes luniger hoverfly
wasp mimic –
Eupeodes luniger
Epistrophe diaphana hoverfly
wasp mimic –
Epistrophe diaphana
Epistrophe eligans hoverfly
wasp mimic –
Epistrophe eligans
Scaeva pyrastri hoverfly
wasp mimic –
Scaeva pyrastri
hoverfly
wasp mimic –
 
Thick-legged hoverfly
Thick-legged Hoverfly –
Syritta pipiens
Melanostoma scalare hoverfly female
Chequered Hoverfly –
Melanostoma scalare
Melanostoma scalare hoverfly male
Chequered Hoverfly – m
 Melanostoma scalare
Baccha elongata hoverfly
wasp mimic –
Baccha elongata
Sphaerophoria scripta hoverfly
Long Hoverfly –
Sphaerophoria scripta
Platycheirus granditarsus hoverfly
wasp mimic –
Platycheirus granditarsus
Platycheirus albimanus hoverfly male
wasp mimic –
Platycheirus albimanus – m
Platycheirus albimanus hoverfly female?
wasp mimic –
Platycheirus albimanus – f
Platycheirus albimanus hoverfly?
wasp mimic –
Platycheirus sp.?
Platycheirus sp? - Applauding
applauding
Platycheirus sp.?
hoverfly on greater stitchwort
other hoverflies
 
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  LARVAE, EGGS AND PUPAE
Hoverfly larva
hoverfly larvae
Hoverfly larva
hoverfly larvae
Hoverfly larva
hoverfly larvae
Hoverfly pupa
hoverfly pupa
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NON-UK HOVERFLIES
Foreign hoverflies
Non-UK European hoverflies
 – wasp mimics
Villa hottentotta bee-fly
Non-UK European Bee-flies
 – bee mimics
Bombomyia discoidea fem Kazakhstan
Non-UK Bee-flies
 – bee mimics