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Hoverfly: Eristalis arbustorum

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Hoverfly: Eristalis arbustorum

There are a number hoverflies in the eristalis family, probably five common ones and as they all have much in common and yet each species can be quite variable within themselves they can be a bit difficult to identify with confidence. In addition to the body colour patterns, which as I said can vary one needs to take in to account the time of year, the food plant and general habitat in coming to a conclusion.

Eristalis arbustorum is one of the smaller members of the family which is a start and then tends to have more orange on the thorax than the others. It is an abundant species in late summer loving the flowers of thistles, knapweeds and umbellifers. It is undoubtedly under-recorded on this website and is to be found in many places that are absent from the distribution map. As I said, recording them with any confidence is tricky!


 

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