Chrysogaster solstitialis Fallén, 1817 ♀
Common names: Chrysogastre estivale [Fr], Donker doflijfje [Nl], Gemeine Smaragdschwebfliege [De]
Ittre, BRABANT ● Belgium
Description: Length: 6.5-8mm. The body and head are completely dark, except the red-brown eyes. The wings are dark and cover perfectly the abdomen at rest.
Biology : Adults can be seen from March to September and usually on the flowers of white umbells such as Heracleum, Angelica, Oenanthe and Torilis.
Habitat: The larvae inhabit organically-rich mud at the edge of seepages, brooks and small water bodies in woodland and scrub. They live beneath fallen leaves or other debris in very shallow water.
Distribution: North and Central Europe.
Ball S.G. and Morris, 2000. Provisional atlas of British hoverflies (Diptera, Syrphidae), R.K.A., 167 pages. ISBN 1 870393 54 6.
Dussaix C.Chrysogaster solstitialis