Is this Merodon equestris var. equestris?
May 4, 2010
I am pretty sure that this is Merodon equestris and I WAS pretty sure that it is variation equestris, but I read somewhere that this species ALWAYS has black legs.
Mine has whitish blots on it’s legs (and the wing veins seem lighter than those on specimens I found images of on the internet).
Can you help me out?
Thanks in advance 🙂
WE were not familiar with this species, so we checked BugGuide. Merodon equestris, the Narcissus Bulb Fly, is listed on BugGuide, but its origin is not listed. Wikipedia indicates it is European. BugGuide indicates a vein pattern that resembles a sock, but alas, none of your excellent images shows this feature.
Sadly, we haven’t the time at the moment to research the subspecies. YOur excellent images are a wonderful addition to our site.