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UK Nature > Hoverflies > Eristalis tenax




Scientific Name: Eristalis tenax
Common Name: n/a

Eristalis tenax is one of the larger hoverflies and mimics the Honey Bee, Apis mellifera. Often confused with Eristalis pertinax and Eristalis similis, but on closer examination, E. pertinax has an entirely orange front tarsus (unlike both of the other species) and the hind tibia is pale in the basal half (unlike E.tenax).

This is a common and widely distributed species throughout the UK; in fact it is often one of the most abundant hoverflies wherever there are suitable flowers. Visits a wide range of flowers, very often in company with the very honey bees it mimics.

On the wing March to November, with peaks in May and August. The males commonly hover in woodland clearings, aggressively defending territories as small as a few metres square.











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