Classification Order: Diptera true flies Family: Syrphidae
Phenology May to September peaking in June and July.
This species is differentiated from other Eristalini by along snout tapering to a point. Both sexes are dark, but the male tends to have triangular orange markings on the tergites, especially on tergite 2, Female markings can be orange or grey.
Larvae are of the ‘long-tailed’ type, living in ponds and ditches where decaying vegetation is abundant especially in fen, and seems to be very closely associated with Typha;
HabitatWell vegetated pools with associated plants such as bulrush, iris and willowherbs.