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"Skull Fly" on Fern, Netherlands In dutch this hover fly is called the Skull Fly because the chest part sometimes vaguely resembles the shape of a skull. Geotagged,Heeswijk-Dinther,Myathropa florea,Netherlands,Spring Click/tap to enlarge

"Skull Fly" on Fern, Netherlands

In dutch this hover fly is called the Skull Fly because the chest part sometimes vaguely resembles the shape of a skull.

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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.

Larvae feed on bacteria in.. more

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

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Uploaded Aug 9, 2015. Captured Jun 13, 2015 18:41 in Heibloemsedijk 20, 5473 TC Heeswijk Dinther, Netherlands.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/8.0
  • 1/160s
  • ISO100
  • 105mm