Dead Head Fly (Myathropa florea)
Myathropa florea is a hoverfly closely related to the Drone Fly and the Helophilus species. Myathropa florea is our only wasp like hoverfly showing horizontal striping on the thorax.
Also known as the Dead Head Fly, or Death's Head Fly, Myathropa florea gets this common name from the marking on its thorax which can resemble a human face or death mask.
Myathropa florea feeds on pollen and nectar and appears on various plants including Hogweed and Cow Parsely between May and October.