Drone-fly ( Eristalis tenax)

This stocky hoverfly is the commonest ‘drone’ fly, so called because they mimic bee drones (male hive bees). The orange marks on the abdomen are variable so are not a reliable identification feature, though most specimens have a single pair near to the thorax. It also has a very noticeable dark face stripe and curved rear tibia.

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10 Comments on “Drone-fly ( Eristalis tenax)

  1. As many times as I’ve looked up the general differences between bees and flies, I still often have trouble telling which one I’m looking at. The fact that some flies mimic bees makes it especially difficult.

    • I know what you mean, Steve, and you are not the only one to have difficulty identifying insects.

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