Tapered Drone Fly - Eristalis pertinax


    Whilst similar to E. tenax, this species has a more tapering abdomen in the male and it also has pale front legs. The pair of orange markings on tergite 2 of the abdomen are nearly always present, but tend to be brighter in summer specimens.

    Identification difficulty

    Hedgerows and woodland rides.

    When to see it

    Found between March and November, with peaks in May and August.

    Life History

    Thought to have several broods.

    UK Status

    It is common and widespread throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common 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

    UK Map