Merodon equestris

31st May 2010, Monday

These hoverflies are bumblebee mimics and come in many colour variations, over the past week I have found them at several locations around the reserve. The red or white tailed forms appear to be the most common in my garden at the moment. The larva of these hoverflies live in the bulbs of daffodils, bluebells and other plants and can cause serious damage, english names for this hoverfly include Narcissus-fly and Greater Bulb-fly