Eristalis arbustorum


A smaller member of the drone-fly group, it still has the stocky shape, but is distinguished by a completely pale dusted face. It can have quite variable markings on its body and some can be almost totally black.

Identification difficulty

Widely found in gardens, urban wasteland and other open habitats.

When to see it

It can be seen from April to November with peaks in July and August.

Life History

As with other drone-flies, it can breed in polluted water, such as temporary pools with cow droppings.

UK Status

It is a common and widespread British species.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map