Eristalis tenax (Linnaeus 1758) (Family Syrphidae)


Male

Female

Length: 14-16mm, Wing Length: 9.75-13mm; Proboscis Length: 7-8mm
Egg Larva Pupa Adult
? ? ? All Year
(Earliest: 8.3)
Migratory

Biotopes:
Meadows

Heath and Moorland

Hedge Rows

Wet Meadows
Microhabitat:
(Larva)

Eutrophic Pools
Food:
(Larva)

Submerged Plant Litter
Food:
(Adult)
90% Nectar
10% Pollen

Several Apiaceae Nectar

Many Asteraceae Nectar

Several Rosaceae Nectar

Valeriana officinalis Nectar

Lotus corniculatus Nectar

Galeopsis tetrahit Nectar

Succisa pratensis Nectar

Anemone nemorosa Pollen

Mentha spicata Nectar

Salix cinerea Nectar

Calluna vulgaris Nectar
Parasitoids:
(Larva)

Rhembobius bifrons Larva

Rhembobius quadrispinus Larva
POther ossible Parasitoids:
Several Ichneumonidae Larvae

Nature Spot: Common Drone Fly - Eristalis tenax
Insektenbox: Mistbiene


Pictures © 2003, 2004 J.K. Lindsey

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