A Tired Visitor

Narcissus Bulb Fly Merodon equestris

This hoverfly, the Narcissus Bulb Fly (Merodon equestris), must have been a tired fellow, for I found him quite still and resting on the arm of one of my garden chairs earlier this morning. His wings looked a little worse for wear and quite worn out. He must have done a fair few air miles.

Narcissus Bulb Fly Merodon equestris

Narcissus Bulb Fly Merodon equestris

Narcissus Bulb Fly Merodon equestris


Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. June 2017.

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.