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

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

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