Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Fall Fund Drive


Species Merodon equestris - Narcissus Bulb Fly

Narcissus Bulb Fly - Merodon equestris - male Merodon? syrphid fly - Merodon equestris - male Bumbler mimic - Merodon equestris - female bulb fly - Merodon equestris - male Id help needed - mimic fly - Merodon equestris - male fly - Merodon equestris fly - Merodon equestris - female Merodon equestris? - Merodon equestris
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Aschiza")
Family Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Subfamily Eristalinae
Tribe Merodontini
Genus Merodon
Species equestris (Narcissus Bulb Fly)
Other Common Names
Large Narcissus Fly, Greater Bulb Fly, Large Bulb Fly
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Merodon equestris (Fabricius)
Orig. Comb: Syrphus equestris Fabricius 1794
12-14 mm(1)
Color variable:

eyes meet at the frons in males (below left), separated in females (below right), but the difference is not visible from behind

Wing veins include a pattern that resembles a sock:
native to Europe, adventive and now widespread in North America (wherever daffodils (Narcissus spp. are grown), Japan, and Australasia(1)(2)
Larvae live in and feed upon plant bulbs; adults nectar widely (BG data)
Life Cycle
overwinters as large maggot(2)
locally important pest of daffodils (Narcissus spp.)(1); accidentally introduced in the US, probably with bulbs