Netherlands - Hoverflies & Other Flies

On this page you will find pictures of all kind of hoverflies and other flies, photographed by me in the Netherlands.

You can scroll down to see all photo's or you can click on the underlined English name in the list (link) to see the respective photo.

  1. Bumblebee Hoverfly - Hommelbijvlieg
  2. Drone Fly - Blinde Bij
  3. Hoverfly sp. - Kleine Bijvlieg
  4. Hoverfly sp. - Bosbijvlieg
  5. Hoverfly sp. - Puntbijvlieg
  6. Marmalade Hoverfly - Snorzweefvlieg
  7. Hoverfly sp. - Bandzweefvlieg sp.
  8. Hoverfly sp. - Bessenbandzweefvlieg
  9. Bog Hoverfly - Gele Veenzweefvlieg
  10. Footballer - Gewone Pendelvlieg
  11. Hoverfly sp. - Moeraspendelvlieg
  12. Hoverfly sp. - Citroenpendelvlieg
  13. Dead Head Fly - Doodskopzweefvlieg
  14. Long Hoverfly - Grote Langlijf
  15. Hoverfly sp. - Sphaerophoria sp.
  16. Hoverfly sp. - Sphaerophoria sp.
  17. Migrant Hoverfly - Variabel Elfje
  18. Vagrant Hoverfly - Terrasjeskommazweefvlieg
  19. Thick-legged Hoverfly - Menuetzweefvlieg
  20. Pellucid Hoverfly - Ivoorzweefvlieg
  21. Common Greenbottle - Groene Keizersvlieg
  22. Flesh Fly sp. - Dambordvlieg sp.
  23. Flesh Fly sp. - Macronychia sp.
  24. Blow Fly sp. - Vleesvlieg sp.
  1. Fly of the Dead - Lijkenvlieg
  2. Stable Fly - Stalvlieg
  3. House Fly sp. - Graphomya maculata
  4. House Fly sp. - Phaonia Angelicae
  5. House Fly sp. - Neomyia viridescens
  6. Tachinid Fly - Woeste Sluipvlieg
  7. Common Yellow Dung Fly - Gele Strontvlieg
  8. Black Scavenger Fly sp. - Wenkvlieg sp.
  9. Large Marsh Horsefly - Grijze Runderdaas
  10. Coastal Silver Stiletto Fly - Zandviltvlieg
  11. Long-legged Fly sp. - Slankpootvlieg sp.
  12. Kite-tailed Robberfly - Gewone Roofvlieg
  13. Dune Robberfly - Zandroofvlieg
  14. Marsh Snipe Fly - Snipvlieg sp.
  15. Black Snipe Fly - Snipvlieg sp.
  16. Scorpionfly sp. - Panorpa communis
  17. Scorpionfly sp. - Panorpa vulgaris
  18. German Scorpionfly - Panorpa germanica
  19. Alder Fly sp. - Elzenvlieg
  20. European Crane Fly - Weidelangpootmug
  21. Crane Fly sp. - Tipula vernalis
  22. Crane Fly sp. - Prionocera sp.
  23. Crane Fly sp. - Ptychoptera contaminata

Bumblebee Hoverfly
Hommelbijvlieg
(Eristalis intricaria)

Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
24 June 2013

It is in the Eristalis family, but it looks more like a bumblebee. Its length is 11-14 mm. The legs are black with white pieces (knee, tar). The females have white at the tip of the abdomen. Like all other flies the males have much bigger eyes. These eyes almost touch each other in the middle and are therefore closer together. Females have much smaller eyes, placed farther apart.

Drone Fly
Blinde Bij (Eristalis tenax)
Loosdrecht
10 July 2011

This is also one of the many hoverfly species I have photographed.
Hoverflies are the best known wasp and bee mimics, which do an impressive impersonation of their more dangerous distant cousins. Many hoverflies have evolved these black and yellow ‘don’t mess with me’ markings, but are just bluffing – they are completely harmless.

Hoverfly sp.
Kleine Bijvlieg (Eristalis arbustorum)
In my yard, Hilversum
4 September 2012

De Kleine Bijvlieg lijkt sterk op de Kustbijvlieg (Eristalis abusiva) en is veelal alleen met een loep daarvan de onderscheiden: de antenneborstel van de Kleine Bijvlieg is lang behaard in plaats van kort behaard. Beide hebben een geheel wit bestoven gezicht en onderscheiden zich daarmee van de andere bijvliegen (Eristalis sp.). Bij de mannetjes Kleine Bijvlieg raken de ogen elkaar boven de frons. Bij de kustbijvlieg raken de ogen elkaar net niet.

Hoverfly sp.
Bosbijvlieg (Eristalis horticola)
's Graveland
12 August 2011

This Eristalis sp. can be identified easily by its yellow rings on the abdomen and a clear dark wing band.
The similar Eristalis nemorum (in Dutch: Puntbijvlieg) (next photo) has no dark band on the wings but just a little spot.

Hoverfly sp.
Puntbijvlieg (Eristalis nemorum)
's Graveland
12 August 2011

De Puntbijvlieg lijkt op de Kleine Bijvlieg (zie hierboven) en de Kustbijvlieg. De Puntbijvlieg heeft echter kleinere oranje achterlijfvlekken en een klein puntvormig vlekje in elke vleugel.

Marmalade Hoverfly
Snorzweefvlieg
(Episyrphus balteatus)

In my yard, Hilversum
10 August 2014

Episyrphus balteatus is a relatively small hoverfly (9–12 mm) of the Syrphidae family, widespread throughout all continents. Like most other hoverflies, it mimics a much more dangerous insect, the solitary wasp, though it is a quite harmless species. As in most other hoverflies, males can be easily identified by their holoptic eyes (eyes touching at the top of their heads).

Hoverfly sp.
Bandzweefvlieg sp. (Syrphus sp.)
Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
24 June 2013

Er zijn in deze genus drie sterk gelijkende soorten (alle drie algemeen) die van een foto zeer moeilijk zijn te onderscheiden:
1. Bessenbandzweefvlieg (Syrphus ribesii, next photo),
2. Bosbandzwever (Syrphus torvus), en
3. Kleine Bandzwever (Syrphus vitripennis).
Hoverfly sp.
Bessenbandzweefvlieg
(Syrphus ribesii)
De Nieuwe Wulven, Houten
18 August 2011

Bog Hoverfly
Gele Veenzweefvlieg
(Sericomyia silentis)

Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
29 August 2013

With a body length generally of about 16mm, Sericomyia silentis is one of our largest hoverflies. Its size, broad abdomen, and its pattern of yellow, narrowly wedge-shaped abdominal bars, which usually do not quite meet in the centre of the abdomen, are distinctive, though it should be noted that there are quite a number of smaller hoverflies with rather similar patterning.

Footballer
Gewone Pendelvlieg
(Helophilus pendulus)
Oostvaardersplassen
4 August 2011

Hoverfly sp.
Moeraspendelvlieg
(Helophilus hybridus)

Laarder Wasmeer, Laren
9 August 2014

This is a female.

Hoverfly sp.
Citroenpendelvlieg
(Helophilus trivittatus)

's Graveland
13 August 2012

Dead Head Fly
Doodskopzweefvlieg
(Myathropa florea)

's Graveland
11 August 2012

Myathropa florea is a large, very common European and North African species of hoverfly.
The Dead Head Fly gets its name from the marking on its thorax which can resemble a human face or death mask.

Long Hoverfly
Grote langlijf
(Sphaerophoria scripta)

In my yard, Hilversum
10 August 2014

Adult Long Hoverflies are 8 - 11 mm long and their abdomens are long and very thin. Only males of this species are easy to recognize. Male Long Hoverflies (and this is a male because the eyes are touching each other) are distinguised by the body being longer than the wings.

Hoverfly sp.
Langlijf sp. (Sphaerophoria sp.)
's Graveland
12 August 2011
Hoverfly sp.
Langlijf sp. (Sphaerophoria sp.)
's Graveland
12 August 2011

Migrant Hoverfly
Variabel Elfje
(Meliscaeva auricollis)
Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
24 June 2013

This is a narrowly-built species of rather variable appearance. It prefers well-wooded places and is usually found around trees.

Vagrant Hoverfly
Terrasjeskommazweefvlieg
(Eupeodes corollae)
In my yard, Hilversum
1 July 2013

Eupeodes corollae is a very common European species of hoverfly. It is very tiny. Adults are 6–11 millimetres in body length.
Males and females have different marking on the abdomen; males have square commas on tergites 3 and 4, whereas females have narrow commas.
Thick-legged Hoverfly
Menuetzweefvlieg (Syritta pipiens)
In my yard, Hilversum
1 July 2013

Syritta pipiens is a very common species of European hoverfly.
It is very small (length: 6-9 mm) and easy to overlook but the strange thickened rear legs make it easy to identify at close range. They are fast nimble fliers that hover all the time. It took a long time to sit, enabling me to take this photo!
Pellucid Hoverfly
Ivoorzweefvlieg
(Volucella pellucens)

's Graveland
13 August 2012
Common Greenbottle
Groene Keizersvlieg
(Lucilia caesar)

Loosdrecht
10 July 2011
Flesh Fly sp.
Dambordvlieg sp.
(Sarcophaga sp.)
's Graveland
12 August 2011
Flesh Fly sp.
Macronychia sp.
In my yard, Hilversum
22 June 2014

This is a fly in the family of Sarcophagidae.
Blow Fly sp.
Vleesvlieg sp. (Bellardia sp.)
's Graveland
12 August 2011
Fly of the Dead
Lijkenvlieg (Cynomya mortuorum)
Eempolder, Eemnes
4 August 2014

Cynomya mortuorum is a deep blue-green shining metallic fly with a yellowish face and jowls, possessing a body length of 8–15 mm.
It lays its eggs on carrion, which provides food for the larvae and facilitates the larvae's development.
Stable Fly
Stalvlieg (Stomoxys calcitrans)
's Graveland
28 August 2012
House Fly sp.
Huisvlieg sp.
(Graphomya maculata)
Oostvaardersplassen
14 September 2011
House Fly sp.
Huisvlieg sp.
(Phaonia angelicae)

Oostvaardersplassen
4 August 2011

House Fly sp.
Huisvlieg sp.
(Neomyia viridescens)

's Graveland
13 August 2012

Niet te verwarren met de Neomyia cornicina.
Omdat deze vlieg 2 rijen van 4 haren (i.p.v. 3 haren bij Neomyia cornicina) in de lengterichting heeft op het grote borststuk is het Neomyia viridescens (goed te zien!).

Tachinid Fly
Woeste Sluipvlieg
(Tachina fera)

's Graveland
13 August 2012
Common Yellow Dung Fly
Gele Strontvlieg
(Scathophaga stercoraria)

's Graveland
28 August 2012
Black Scavenger Fly sp.
Wenkvlieg sp. (Sepsis sp.)
Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
22 June 2013

Sepsidae are a family of flies, commonly called the Black Scavenger Flies or Ensign Flies. There are approximately 250 species worldwide. They are usually found around dung or decaying plant and animal material. Many species resemble ants having a "waist" and glossy black body. Many Sepsidae have a curious wing-waving habit made more apparent by dark patches at the wing end.
Large Marsh Horsefly
Grijze Runderdaas
(Tabanus autumnalis)

In my yard, Hilversum
15 June 2014

This is a species of biting horse-fly. Body lenght is 16–22 mm.
Horseflies are big, fast-flying creatures, and they will bite any big mammal, including humans. The bite is very painful, as they cut the skin when they bite (rather than pierce it). Horsefly bites can take a long time to heal, and can cause infection.

Coastal Silver Stiletto Fly
Zandviltvlieg (Acrosathe annulata)
Stulpheide, Lage Vuursche
5 June 2013

This is a tiny fly (10mm) and a common species on sandy soils, especially dunes.
It occurs in Western Europe, Northern Africa and Turkey.
It thanks its name to the relatively short stiletto-like antenna's.

I found this pair mating in the sand.

Long-legged Fly sp.
Slankpootvlieg sp. (Dolichopus sp.)
Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
22 June 2013

Dolichopus is a large cosmopolitan genus of fly in the family Dolichopodidae. Adults are small flies, typically less than 8 mm in length. Nearly all species are metallic greenish-blue to greenish-bronze. It is the largest genus of Dolichopodidae with more than 600 species worldwide.

Kite-tailed Robberfly
Gewone Roofvlieg
(Machimus atricapillus)
At Tennisclub Hoogerheide, Hilversum
21 September 2013

Robberflies are predatory on many other species of flies and other insects. M. atricapillus (11 - 17 mm) is a widespread and locally common robberfly of Europe where it can be found in a variety of habitats, especially scrubby grassland and woodland edge. It prefers light soils but is not as strongly associated with sandy soils as the similar Machimus cingulatus.

Dune Robberfly
Zandroofvlieg (Philonicus albiceps)
Stulpheide, Lage Vuursche
4 August 2014

A fairly large grey robberfly, resembling an elongate Machimus (compare previous photo) or Eutolmus. It is a characteristic species of coastal dunes but occasionally occurs inland on very sandy heathland. Adults can usually be found resting on sand along paths.
The prey is mainly medium-sized flies including smaller robberflies like Machimus cingulatus.

Marsh Snipe Fly
Snipvlieg sp.
(Rhagio tringarius)

's Graveland
12 August 2011

Like other Rhagio species, R. tringarius (length: 8-14 mm) is a yellow-orange fly with long, slender legs. This species lacks the dark wing stigma of most other Rhagio species. The black patterning on the orange abdomen is variable, sometimes showing as diamonds or triangles but in others it can be generally lacking altogether. It is common in wooded areas with rich vegetation.

Black Snipe Fly
Snipvlieg sp.
(Chrysopilus cristatus)
Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
24 June 2013

A fairly common species in damp, shady woodland found from May through until August. Its larvae live in rotting wood and leaf litter where they are predators of other small insects and invertebrates.

Scorpionfly sp.
Schorpioenvlieg sp.
(Panorpa communis)

In my yard, Hilversum
11 August 2012

Bij de sterk gelijkende Panorpa vulgaris (zie volgende foto) is de wortelvlek (of basaalvlek: de 1e vlek vanaf de aanhechting van de vleugel aan het lichaam) groter. Bij de Panorpa communis blijft het vlekje binnen één cel in de vleugel. Bij Panorpa vulgaris bestaat het vlekje uit minstens twee, geheel opgevulde cellen. Als de wortelvlek geheel ontbreekt, dan is het een Panorpa communis.

Scorpionfly sp.
Schorpioenvlieg sp.
(Panorpa vulgaris)
De Nieuwe Wulven, Houten
18 August 2011

Hier is de wortelvlek (de 1e vlek vanaf de aanhechting van de vleugel aan het lichaam) duidelijk groter en bestrijkt deze 2 cellen in de vleugel. Bij de Panorpa communis (zie hierboven) blijft het vlekje binnen één cel in de vleugel.

German Scorpionfly
Duitse Schorpioenvlieg
(Panorpa germanica)

De Banen, Nederweert
12 May 2012
Alder Fly sp.
Elzenvlieg (Sialis lutaria)
Nieuwe Keverdijkse Polder, Weesp
2 May 2015

Sialis lutaria is a species of alderfly. Adults can reach 2 cm in length and can mostly be encountered from May through June on vegetation near slow-flowing streams or close to ponds. The other two in Holland occuring alderflies (S. fuliginosa en S. nigripes) are very rare and only live close to clean, fast-flowing streams.

European Crane Fly
Weidelangpootmug
(Tipula paludosa)
Maarsseveen
9 September 2011

In the family of Tipulidae, Crane Flies (in Dutch: "Langpootmuggen").

Crane Fly sp.
Langpootmug sp.
(Tipula vernalis)

De Banen, Nederweert
12 May 2012

Tipula vernalis has a dark stripe down the abdomen and dark veined partly smoked wings.
This is a female Tipula vernalis which can be easily identified by the very short (blunt) cerci (tip to the abdomen).
Almost all other crane flies have long pointed cerci (see previous photo).

Crane Fly sp.
Langpootmug sp.
(Prionocera sp.)
In my yard, Hilversum
24 August 2013

It is in the genus Prionocera and not Tipula (see previous 2 photo's) because the segments of the antennae are triangle-shaped and without verticils (long hair-like bristles). In Holland there are 3 species in this genus: P. turcica, P. subserricornis and P. pubescens which are difficult to identify from a photo.

Crane Fly sp.
Langpootmug sp.
(Ptychoptera contaminata)

Oostvaardersplassen
4 August 2011

Crane flies are found worldwide, though individual species usually have limited ranges.
They are most diverse in the tropics, and are also common in northern latitudes and high elevations.

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