Rhingia rostrata

Rhingia rostrata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Biology & ecology:

Larva unknown. Many records are associated with deciduous woodland where they visit flowers in rides and clearings. Like, R. campestris, it has two flight periods in May/June and again in early Autumn, but Autumn records are much more numerous, sometimes notably so (e.g. Coe, 1961).


Although formerly very rare, this species has undergone a dramatic range expansion in southern England and through the Welsh borders. It has also established a new population in the East Midlands. These changes are not artefacts of recording effort because most of the areas involved have been closely scrutinised for hoverflies for many years.

Status & conservation:

This species has become much more frequent over the past 15 years and its status has shifted accordingly from Vulnerable in Shirt (1987) to local today.

Recorded from 383 hectads since 1990.