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Now I'm just a beginner at insect identification and I'm certainly a complete novice when it comes to Hover Flies so you should treat my identifications as tentative at best. 

Hover Flies are useful insects because the larvae of some species eat lots of aphids. You can attract them by growing lots of flowers with flat heads  - like daisy family or yarrow family plus lots more. 

Episyrphus balteatus


The Marmalade Fly is one of the UK's most common hoverflies.

Eristalis sp

Common Drone Fly

Eristalis arbustorum on a Helianthus leave 27 July
I think this is Eristalis intricarius which is a pretty convincing bee mimic and very striking in the garden. I've only seen one at a time of this species.

This type of hoverfly lay their eggs in bee nests where the larvae hatch out and feed on food debris in the host's nest. They also feed on larval bees as well.

No idea on this one!
Eupeodes luniger


Heliophilus pendulas

Sun Fly

Epistrophe grossulariae
Rhingia campestris


Not sure about this one?
Or this little one: those are Achillea florets to give you an idea of the scale.
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