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Common Drone Fly on a Grape Hyacinth flower, Cambridge
Ref: 160317-4201 Date: 17-03-2016
This insect is a Common Drone Fly, Eristalis tenax. It is feeding on a Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum) flower raceme in my Cambridge garden. Drone Flies belong to the Hoverfliy family. The common name comes from the Drone Fly's resemblance to a male honeybee. This one was identified for me by the Royal horticultural Society.