Small Spotty-eyed Dronefly

Eristalinus sepulchralis


Wing length 6.5 - 8mm. This is a very dark hoverfly but the eyes are a pale green with dark purple spots scattered over them and are hairy. The thorax is marked in grey and black lines and the abdomen is metallic and can have some pale wedges on the first segment.


Marshy areas, often around ponds with plenty of decaying plant material. Larvae develop in rotting vegetation in pools or wet dung.

Status and distribution

Widely distributed around lowland areas of Britain. Regularly found on flowers on the reserve.

Best time to see

June to August.