We have around 250 species of hoverflies in the UK, and this time of year (May-June) is a great time to see them. These harmless flower-loving pollinators are particularly interesting, as many species look like bees or wasps, which protects them from predation. This is known as “mimicry”. Once you start looking, you can see the huge variety of sizes, shapes and colours. Hoverflies can be found in almost any habitat and are likely to be just outside in your garden!
I like to look out for hoverflies throughout the year, flitting among flowers or hovering in shady spots. They’re great fun to photograph and identify, so grab a field guide and a camera (it's often easier to identify from a picture once you get home) and get out there! Below are some common species you may find, but there are hundreds more out there for you to discover. Happy hover spotting!