Belongs to: hoverflies

Dronefly Erystalis tenax

Best time to see: Mar to mid Nov

Key facts

One of the commonest hoverflies, emerging early in the year and common wherever there are suitable flowers

Habitat: woodland margins, urban wasteland and sometimes gardens


A bee mimic, wings up to 13mm across, sometimes dark, sometimes with bright orange markings


Adults lay their eggs around ponds and ditches, probably several broods a year

The young have telescopic breathing tubes that enable them to live submerged in water or wet mud

© Tony Gunton