Eristalinus sepulchralis

Description

The abdomen is shiny black or bronze at the sides and it usually has pale thoracic stripes.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Usually seen around ponds and in marshes where there is a large amount of decaying vegetation, or where cattle trampling and dung has resulted in enrichment. 

When to see it

April to October but especially from June to August. 

Life History

The larvae are known to occur in decaying vegetation in ponds and in wet manure. 

UK Status

Widespread in much of southern England at least and fairly common in suitable areas.  

VC55 Status

Local due to dependance on suitable habitat in Leicestershire & Rutland. 

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