Narcissus Bulb Fly

Merodon equestris

This bulbous hoverfly was feeding on nectar in my front garden. It looks remarkably like a bee, and has many colour forms which help it mimic different species of bumblebee. The legs are all black and have a prominant bulge on the underside of the hind femur. Length 12mm.

The larvae feed on the bulbs of flowering plants such as daffodils and bluebells. The adults feed on nectar and pollen

Seen April to September, and found in many habitats, including woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens. A widespread and common species.

Photographs taken June 2014, front garden, Staffordshire.

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