Name: Heineken Fly
Scientific name: Rhingia campestris
Nature Stars: 40
About: A common hoverfly found along hedgerows, in gardens and woodland edges. About 1cm long, with a rounded, dark orange body,dark brown thorax and unmistakeable long orangey-brown snout. Adults feed on nectar of flowers like white dead-nettle and red dead-nettle, the larvae live in cowpats.
How to identify: A very easily identiable hoverfly, dark orange with a long snout.
Fantastic fact: The Heineken Fly gets its name from its long snout, which enables it to reach the nectar that other flies cannot reach…
Photograph credit: Walwyn