In most cases, each Hoverfly illustrated here has been identified from a number of photos.
If, after using the appropriate Identification Keys, I'm in doubt, I've said so.
Contact me if you wish to comment on any IDs.
I wouldn't have attempted to start learning about these insects without two things:
The digital camera, which allows you to take a lot of hurried photos and maybe get the one good one you needed,
and of course books: "British Hoverflies", by Alan Stubbs and Steven Falk,
and Mark van Veen's "Hoverflies of Northwest Europe".
Some useful links
Steven Falk's photo albums
Amateur-Insektenfotos von Juergen Peters
Lots of info from Jeroen van Steenis, includes making nest boxes for rot-hole breeders
Schwebfliegen (Syrphidae) von Wolfgang Rutkies
Nature Guide UK
British Insects: Diptera Families
BioImages: The Virtual Field-Guide (UK) from Malcolm Storey
Insecta Diptera Syrphidae de France
UK Hoverflies discussion group, but no recent posts
Syrphidae of Poland
Syrphid Flies -usa
La galerie d'insectes
Hoverflies world(Japanese site, English text)
Syrphidae of France Interactive Data
The world of Syrphidae
Syrphidae mailing list
Judy Woods Natural History Wild Flowers Insects Trees Beetles Birds
The Wildlife & Wild Places of Leicestershire and Rutland
David Element's Wildlife Web Pages
Tachinid Recording Scheme
National Biodiversity Network Gateway
Vockeroth's Syrphidae of Canada
UK Hoverfly Recording Scheme