Chalcosyrphus eunotus

Autecological research on this Nationally Scarce hoverfly has been commissioned for 2 years by the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

The hoverfly is a key indicator of intact, woodland headwater streams in western England and Wales. Research into the fly’s ecology has put some of the missing pieces of its life into place. Principally the behaviour and habits of the female. Footage taken by Andy Jukes in 2009 shows the behaviour of the female as it searches for an optimal site for oviposition (egg-laying).

Chalcosyrphus eunotus full clip on YouTube at

Footage copyright A.Jukes ©
Also, see the links and downloads page for the full 2009 and 2010 reports and a summary paper on the fly’s ecology for Dipterist’s Forum.