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Drone fly

Observed: 10th July 2009 By: squirrelsquirrel’s reputation in Invertebratessquirrel’s reputation in Invertebratessquirrel’s reputation in Invertebratessquirrel’s reputation in Invertebrates
Drone fly
Description:

seemed to be following other fly/bee from flower to flower just hovering next to it

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Martin Harvey's picture

Eristalis

Definitely a species of Eristalis, but not sure which one - looks too small, neat and brightly coloured to be E. tenax. E. interruptus is one possibility, but I can't be certain. The one hovering above is a male (eyes meet over top of head), so it was possibly following a female.

And in fact I've just found in Alan Stubbs's hoverfly book that "males of E. interruptus may be seen hovering over settled females, often displaying a hovering jerky dance", so it looks like you may have captured this courtship behaviour - fascinating.

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Entomologist and biological recorder

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yes can see what u mean,

yes can see what u mean, thanks

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