Narcissus Bulb Fly


Merodon equestris – Despite the poor June weather here, this hoverfly decided to pay a visit. A very sprightly darter about the place fly it was, too. It is a bumblebee mimic, and comes in many varied forms which allows it to mimic different species of bee.


Narcissus Bulb Fly Merodon equestris

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22 thoughts on “Narcissus Bulb Fly

  1. Wow. I’d never have pegged this as a hoverfly. Do you have any idea where the “narcissus” part of the common name comes from?

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  2. Love the detail in text and pic and the unravelling of nature’s ploys. The mimicry guise must be a useful tool for little critters getting to places and nectaries reserved for authentic visitors?

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  3. I have seen some flower flies (as we call them) but this one seems difficult to determine, with so many variations in color. However, it should be common with us as well.

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      1. Believe it or not, today it appeared in my garden! I also managed to capture it with tha camera. Had never recognized it without your photo. Thanks so much!

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  4. If I would have spotted that in and out of my flowers I would have sworn blind it was a type of bee. You’re a wizard of IDing species, Pete.

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