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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