How to identify a hoverfly:
  • Do they have very large compound eyes?
  • Have they quite a thin body?
  • Are they quick in the air and tend to hoover before moving to a flower rather than move directly there?
  • Do they have clear ‘veins’ in their wings?
What should you do?


Hoverflies do not sting!

Beekeepers cannot help you with hoverflies – please just leave them alone!

More information:

Many hoverflies are wasp or bee mimics. For example, some drone flies look like honeybees, others resemble hornets and some are very convincing bumblebee mimics. Invasions of ‘wasps’ or bees turn out to be banded hoverflies.

Find out more here:

How to identify hoverflies

The larger hoverfly species found in the UK