Sunday, 5 March 2017

Rhingia campestris, [Heineken Hoverfly]

One of our commonest Hoverflies and, is very distinctive with it's pronounced snout. It is found in many different habitats including sheltered woodland rides where their numbers can be quite numerous. They fly between early April and October, sometimes into early November. They feed on a wide range of flora, where the males feed on nectar and, the females on the pollen.


The photo below depicting the unusual feeding habit, with it's extra mouthpart, rather like that of a hoover bag.


All photographs are the copyright of Nick Brooomer

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