Eristalis intricarius


This large hoverfly is unlike the other UK Eristalis species in being a furry bumble bee mimic. The males are dark with a reddish-brown tail whilst the female has a white tail and is somewhat larger. This species always has a yellow scutellum.

Similar Species

Merodon equestris, a similar furry bumble bee mimic with the same loop in the R4+5 vein found in the Eristalini, has all black legs.

Identification difficulty

It is most commonly seen in marshy woodland.

When to see it

March to November peaking in July.

Life History

Larvae have been found in farmyard drains and ponds with decaying vegetation.

UK Status

It is widespread in Britain but not usually numerous.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map