Hainault Forest Website

Written, Designed and with Photographs by Brian Ecott



Hoverfly hovering Eristalis horticola. Photo Michael Rumble 17th July 2013

Hoverfly Eristalis horticola on Creeping thistle. 21st September 2011.  Photo Michael Rumble.

Hoverfly Eristalis arbustorum on ragwort, Hoghill.6th August 2012

Hoverfly Eristalis arbustorum on ragwort, Hoghill.6th August 2012.  Photo Michael Rumble

Hoverfly Helophilus pendulus on Crack willow and Michaelmas Daisy.

Hoverfly  Chrysotoxum verralli 23 August 2012 Photo Michael Rumble

Hoverfly Sphaerophoria scripta Male on Ragwort. Hoghill. 2nd August 2012     Photo Michael Rumble


Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus on ivy, left and on English marigold in the Wildlife Garden above.

Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus approaching teasel flowers. Photo Michael Rumble.

Hoverfly Syritta pipiens on Common fleabane 5th Sept 2012.

HOVERFLY Volucella pellucens July 1978


Batman hoverfly Myathropa florea 27th May 2013

Batman hoverfly Myathropa florea    Michael Rumble.

Hoverfly Dasysyrphus venustus 17th June 2013

Hoverfly probably Xylota segnis on leaf 8th June 2013

Hoverfly Epistrophe eligans on elm seed, Hog Hill, left and Hoverfly Volucella zonaria on Sycamore, Hog Hill, above. Originally found on southern coast it is expanding its range from London into Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk


Bee fly Bombylius major

Bee-fly Bombylius major along the Oak path 26th April 2013

St. Mark's fly Bibio marci. left on nettle 14th May 2010

and above on young oak.


Pictured left on the head of a Spear thistle is an uncommon species of Tephritid fly - a female Terellia serratulae. Its larvae cause galls on thistle heads. Seen in the picture is the short ovipositor used to deposit eggs into the thistle flower head. Thanks to Del Smith Dipterologist recorder for the Essex Field Club for identification.   23rd July 2013


The Glittering Green flies  Poecilobothrus nobilitatus are seen walking over liquid mud at Sheepwater. They show a metallic green in certain light. A male (top left in far left photo) is flapping his wings to attract the females feeding here. The wings are large with a brown patch and a white tip. The larger the wings, the larger the male,  making it more attractive to a female. Shown left  - a male has been selected and attempts to mate.

Glittering Green flies.  Sheepwater. Photographs by Michael Rumble  25th July 2013


Flesh fly Sarcophaga carnaria

Greenbottle Lucilia caesar  is old and has developed a bronze colour.

Greenbottle Lucilia sp. sunbathing on oak leaves. 5th June 2008

Green bottle Lucilia sp. on hawthorn 30 June 2013     Michael Rumble

Snipe fly Rhagio scolopaceus 19th June 2013






Thick-headed fly Physocephala rufipes on creeping thistle.

Photo Michael Rumble.  July 20th 2011.

Fly Graphomya maculata Female. Hoghill. 6th August 2012.  Sexually dimorphic species. Male has yellow wings and abdomen.

  Fly Tachina fera on Creeping thistle. Photo Michael Rumble Fly Eriothrix rufomaculata on Creeping thistle. Photo Michael Rumble

Cranefly Epiphragma ocellaris  22nd May 2012 Photo Michael Rumble

Common Cranefly Tipula oleracea  28th September 2011

Cranefly Tipula vernalis. 24th September 2011

Crane fly  Nephrotoma sp.   24th June 2013

Aquatic flies




Culicine mosquito larvae hang down from

the surface film by means of a breathing tube.

The pupa is between the larvae.