Epistrophe eligans

Epistrophe eligans

This is one hoverfly that has eluded my camera until now. For a fly it is certainly a showy one with its shiny brassy-coloured and yellow markings. A relatively small hoverfly with a wing length of betweenΒ  6.5 to 9.5mm, it is mainly seen in the spring, from March through to May, feeding on flowers or resting on vegetation. The larvae are aphidophagous, feeding on aphids found mainly on trees and shrubs, so a good one for the gardener. Found on woodland margins, in hedgerows and gardens. Common and widespread throughout most of Britain, although scarcer further north.

Epistrophe eligans


Epistrophe eligans female, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. April 2017.

18 thoughts on “Epistrophe eligans

    1. Thank you, Steve. If you catch them having a still moment, and can get close enough so as not to disturb them you get at least half a chance πŸ™‚

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      1. Agreed. Once they land they’re usually pretty docile. It’s the waiting for them to stop hovering and finally land that can tax a photographer’s patience.

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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ There are about 280 species in the UK, so plenty to look for. I find them fascinating and quite beautiful in their own ways.

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  1. That’s the brassiest (if there is such an adjective) looking insect I’ve ever seen. You did a good job of capturing that unique aspect especially in the second photo where some parts almost look metallic.

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    1. Thank you very much, David πŸ™‚ The light was fairly good at the time which helped bring out the metallic sheen.

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  2. We have this little fly in the U.S. Just took some pictures of them last week. Good capture Pete.

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