Stripe-winged Dronefly

Eristalis horticola


Wing length 8.25 - 11.5mm. Similar to E. arbustorum but the face has a dark stripe down it. The wings have a dark mark across the centre and the tarsals are dark and about as thick as the tibia.


Hedgerows and woodland edge. The larvae normally develop in peaty soils.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout Britain. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and recorded occasionally at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to September.