PHANTOM HOVERFLY (DOROS PROFUGES)
It is 1.5 cm long with an elegant narrow waist and black and yellow bands across its body
This is thought to be the first ever recorded sighting of the Phantom Hoverfly in the Chiltern Hills. Across England, there are approximately 1-2 sightings of the rare insect every year.
The Phantom Hoverfly is listed as a priority species on the UK Government’s Biodiversity Action Plan.
It is believed the management of chalk downland on the estate for rare Duke of Burgundy butterflies has also benefited the Phantom Hoverfly.