Eristalis nemorum (interruptus) - Eristalis nemorum

Alternative names
Eristalis interruptus

A small drone-fly and quite similar to E. arbustorum (the dwarf drone-fly). The small but crisp dark patch on the front edge of the wings (called a stigma) helps to identify this species. It also has a clean and relatively thin black stripe down its face.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance
  • thin, clean black line on face
  • small, compact wing stigma
  • often pale edges to the tergites
  • males hover over the females

It can be found in a wide range of open habitats such as meadows, gardens and wasteland.

When to see it

It can be seen from April to October, peaking in July and August.

Life History

Larvae have been found in farmyard drains and other similarly enriched situations.

UK Status

Frequent throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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