Tapered Drone Fly

Eristalis pertinax – There are a lot of these around at the moment, hovering in mid-air or just chilling and preening themselve. Double-click to enlarge images.

Tapered Drone Fly Eristalis pertinax

Tapered Drone Fly Eristalis pertinax

© Peter Hillman ♦ 6th April 2020 ♦ Rear garden, Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

14 thoughts on “Tapered Drone Fly

  1. Your amazing macros have just helped me possibly id some happy garden visitors who have been joining us in our garden for this entire lockdown period. They seem a little bit bigger than normal hoverflies but hover they do, then whizz off. They are friendly and have examined us eyeball to compound eyeball really closely, even landing on my husband. They do a lot of preening too, but are too quick and not in one place long enough to photograph. I had thought they might be aliens in bee bodies sussing out what goes on in Yorkshire gardens.

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    1. These hoverflies can really get close to you, or it appears they do, it might be you are occupying their space 🙂 I have had this experience a lot in the garden lately, and these will hover around eye level, whiz off or land and preen. Glad your mystery is solved, Jill 🙂

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