Hoverfly – Eristalis …?

Today was warm and sunny with just a light breeze. This brought out the insects, including this drone hoverfly.Photo of hoverfly

They mimic drone honeybees so that predators will mistake them for an insect with a sting in its tail.Photo of hoverfly

Drone hoverflies belong to the genus Eristalis.Photo of hoverfly

The most common species in the UK is Eristalis tenax, but due to the yellow front feet I think this is Eristalis pertinax. I would be more than happy to have this confirmed or corrected by someone who actually knows this stuff though.Photo of hoverfly


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