Plain-faced Dronefly

Eristalis arbustorum


Wing length 7 - 10mm. These are dark brown flies with variable amounts of yellow on the abdomen. The females are often all dark, with pale lines between the segments of the abdomen. In fresh specimens the face is pale and unstriped, but worn specimens develop a dark central stripe. The wings have a soft-edged slightly extended stigma.


Adults visit a wide range of flowers and can be seen in almost any flowery place. The larvae develop in water, enriched with cow manure or in farmyard drains.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread over Britain. Common on the reserve.

Best time to see

April to November.