Tapered Drone Fly - Eristalis pertinax


Whilst similar to E. tenax, this species has a more tapering abdomen in the male and it also has pale front legs. The pair of orange markings on tergite 2 of the abdomen are nearly always present, but tend to be brighter in summer specimens.

Photo ID?

Hedgerows and woodland rides.

When to see it

Found between March and November, with peaks in May and August.

Life History

Thought to have several broods.

UK Status

It is common and widespread throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map