Hoverflies to be found in and around Torphins Wood, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Eristalis horticola

Eristalis horticola, hoverfly adult

Adult found on white umbelliferous flowers

Larva aquatic

Eristalis larva, rat tailed maggot

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Eristalis tenax, the rat-tailed maggot, Drone fly

Eristalis tenax adult Drone fly, Hoverfly

Looks like a honeybee.

Body length 14 - 16 mm.

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Eristalis nemorum

Eristalis nemorum

Adults seen April - October.

Black/brown stigma on wing edge.

Males hover over female when courting.


Helophilus pendulus, Sun fly, Footballer hoverfly

Helophilus pendulus, Sun fly

Body length 7.25 - 11.25

Seen on sunny days.


Chrysotoxum arcuatum

Chrysotoxum arcuatum, adult hoverfly

Adults fly May - September.

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Criorhina berberina

Criorhina berberina

On flowers in sunny spots in woods, fields and gardens.

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Volucella bombylans

Volucella bombylans

Wing length 8 - 14 mm.

Colour pattern varies, but always copying a bumblebee.

Often on thistles and scabiuos.

Flies May to Aug.

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Sericomyia silentis

Sericomyia silentis, adult hover fly

Hoverfly with rat-tailed maggot larvae.

Found in peaty acidic areas

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Volucella pellucens

Volucella pellucens

Volucella pellucens, above, is usually found in woodland, but will occasionally be found in gardens near woods. Males tend to hover at or a metre or two above head height. The adult body length is 13 - 17 mm, and wing length 10 -15 mm.

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Episyrphus balteatus, the Marmalade fly

Episyrphus balteatus, Maramalade fly

Episyrphus balteatus, Maramalade fly

Episyrphus balteatus, Maramalade fly, Pupa

Body length 7 - 11 mm, wing length 6 - 10 mm

Aduts seen May - October. More>

Syrphidae, hover fly larva

hoverfly larva

Terrestrial larvae often found near aphids - their food, but there are also aquatic species.

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Eupeodes luniger

Eupodes luniger, hoverfly adult female

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Eupeodes corollae

Eupodes corollae

Wing length is 5.0-8.5mm, body length is 6 - 11mm. More>