What It’s Not

Narcissus Bulb Fly Merodon equestris

… well it’s not a Red-tailed Bumblebee which it is trying to mimic. It is a hoverfly called the Narcissus Bulb Fly Merodon equestris, also known as the Greater Bulb Fly. It knew the rain was on its way and had found a cosy covering under some spindle leaves.

Narcissus Bulb Fly Merodon equestris

Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer …

June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

7 thoughts on “What It’s Not

  1. I’m really interested in these , I bought a book last year about flies they are amazing. I think I read somewhere it’s the year of the fly ! Don’t quote me I might have imagined it !!

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    1. Oddly enough I never used to like flies when I was younger, but as I have got older I am fascinated by them, and some of them have quite beautiful colours.


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