Name: Narcissus Fly
Scientific name: Merodon equestris
Nature Stars: 50
About: A common medium sized hoverfly, about 1.5cm long, often found in gardens. Covered in ginger hairs, with a black band around the middle. The larvae live underground, in the bulbs of daffodils, narcissus and bluebells.
How to identify: One of several species of hairy, bumblebee mimic hoverflies. Common around daffodils and bluebells.
Fantastic fact: The larvae damage the bulbs, and can be a pest in places where daffodils are grown for the flower trade.
Photograph credit: Cécile Bassaglia