Eristalis abusivus


This species is very similar to E. arbustorum, sharing the variation in colour and pattern on the abdomen. It can be distinguished by a close look at the arista (the very thin projection from its antennae), which is virtually hairless. Also the mid tibia is entirely pale whereas the other similar species have a dark tip to their mid tibia.

Identification difficulty

Marshland and coastal areas.

When to see it

March to October peaking in July.

Life History

Larvae have been reported from the mud at the edge of a pond.

UK Status

It is widespread in the UK and tends to be more common at coastal areas.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map