Eumerus funeralis

    Alt Name
    Lesser Bulb-fly

    A fairly small hoverfly with a black shiny appearance in the field, but with whitish markings when examined in detail. There are other very similar species and detailed examination is needed.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


    Often found in gardens where it is a pest of bulbs, especially daffodils but scarcer in the wider countryside.

    When to see it

    Peak flight time is May to August.

    UK Status

    Mainly found in the southern half of Britain becoming less frequent further north.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map