Paul writes: This is a beautiful brightly coloured hoverfly. It is sometimes known as The Footballer, probably from the days when lots of teams wore striped shirts! It’s one of the commonest and most widespread hoverflies and is seen throughout the UK. It has a long flight period. I usually see them from the middle of April right through to the end of October. This one was found on 1 September last year, on a bit of rough ground outside my house in North Yorkshire. You will often find it on garden or hedgerow flowers or even just resting on leaves, like this one is.