Furry Dronefly

Eristalis intricarius

Description

Wing length 8 - 12mm. A very furry, bumblebee mimic with a yellow scutellum, but otherwise a very variable body pattern. Females often have a white tail.

Habitat

Wet woodlands, especially where Sallow is common. The larvae are rat-tailed and develop in ponds in rotting vegetation.

Status and distribution

Widespread and fairly common throughout Britain. Common on the reserve, look along the Lower Path or near any flowering Sallow.

Best time to see

March to November.