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Drone fly

Eristalis tenax


Eristalis tenax is a European hoverfly, known as drone fly because of its resemblance to drone honeybees. It is a significant pollinator and common visitors to flowers in late summer and autumn.


Damp meadow at forest edge, alt. 1300m ASL.


The flower is a Devil's-bit Scabious, Succisa pratensis. One of the last insects still active in this area at the time of spotting.

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DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thanks Ava!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 4 years ago

Wonderful series and notes.

Fribourg - Freiburg, Switzerland

Lat: 46.51, Long: 6.95

Spotted on Oct 6, 2014
Submitted on Oct 10, 2014


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