Episyrphus balteatus can be found throughout the year in various habitats, including urban gardens, visiting flowers for pollen and nectar. Adult E. balteatus, while not as efficient as honey bees, are significant and abundant pollinators.
The larva is terrestrial and feeds on aphids - for this reason, E. balteatus is considered one of the main natural enemies of cereal aphids. In the wild, an E. balteatus larva can consume up to about 400 aphids before pupating.
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