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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map