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Macro of Myathropa florea on leaf, Heesch, the Netherlands Fun fact: in dutch they are called "skull hover fly", due to the skull-like pattern on their abdomen. Europe,Geotagged,Heesch,Macro,Myathropa florea,Netherlands,The Netherlands Click/tap to enlarge

Macro of Myathropa florea on leaf, Heesch, the Netherlands

Fun fact: in dutch they are called "skull hover fly", due to the skull-like pattern on their abdomen.

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''Myathropa florea'' is a very common European and North African species of hoverfly. Adults may be seen on flowers from May to September. It is of similar size as the drone fly, but living ''Myathropa'' are generally more yellow, with two light bands to the thorax, interrupted with a black central smudge. In museum specimens, any yellow colour soon fades to brown after death. Like most Eristalini, ''Myathropa'' are rather variable in size, shape and colour.

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Similar species: True Flies
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Oct 10, 2014. Captured Aug 24, 2014 11:01 in Nistelrodeseweg 24, 5384 PN Heesch, The Netherlands.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/8.0
  • 1/160s
  • ISO100
  • 105mm