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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.

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