Species: Spring Epistrophe (Epistrophe eligans)

Family: Hoverflies (SYRPHIDAE)

Category: Insects (Other)

Location: Widespread

A. Insects (Other)

More extensive information on insects can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Hoverflies (SYRPHIDAE)

True to their name, the hoverflies hover around flowers, and then alight to feed on nectar and pollen. They are very important pollinators, and despite the fact that some look like wasps or bees, this is just mimicry and helps to keep potential predators at bay. Hoverflies have no sting, and have short, drooping antennae. The larvae are as useful as the adults, in that they feed on aphids.

We have a photograph-filled blog post about all the hoverflies that we have seen in the Cemetery that may be worth your time.

C. Spring Epistrophe (Epistrophe eligans)

Epistrophe eligans is a small hoverfly that appears in spring, often in great numbers. They have a distinctly brass-coloured thorax, and can be quite varied in colouration, although it is typically darker than many other hoverflies that you may see.

Larvae of this type of hoverfly feed on aphids found on Elder, Sycamore and fruit trees.

The common English name of this hoverfly is 'Spring Epistrophe'.

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Epistrophe eligans (Spring Epistrophe)

Epistrophe eligans is a small hoverfly that appears in spring, often in great numbers. They have a distinctly brass-coloured thorax, and can be quite varied in colouration, although it is typically darker than many other hoverflies that you may see. Judging by its markings, this individual is likely to be a male.

Epistrophe eligans (Spring Epistrophe)

Judging by its markings - and its egg-laying posture - this individual Epistrophe eligans hoverfly is likely to be a female.