Eristalis horticola

Description

Wing length 8.5 to 11.5 mm. A particularly bright species. It has a shorter and broader abdomen than E. pertinax or E. tenax and has a darkened area across the wing. 

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Well vegetated areas with plenty of bushes or trees.

When to see it

April to October peaking in July.

UK Status

Widespread but never common and scarcer further north. 

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map