Heineken Fly

Rhingia campestris

About

The Heineken Fly is a common hoverfly found along hedgerows, in gardens and woodland edges. Adults feed on nectar of flowers like White Dead-nettle and Red Dead-nettle, and the larvae live and feed in animal dung.

How to identify

With a rounded, dark orange body, dark brown thorax and unmistakeable long, orangey-brown snout, the Heineken Fly is an easily identifiable hoverfly. The long snout enables it to take nectar from deeper flowers, reaching the parts other hoverflies cannot reach!

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November

How can people help

Many of our commonly overlooked insects are important pollinators for all kinds of plants, including those which we rely on like fruit trees. The Wildlife Trusts recognise the importance of healthy habitats to support all kinds of species throughout the food chain, so look after many nature reserves for the benefit of wildlife. You can help too: volunteer for your local Wildlife Trust and you could be involved in everything from coppicing to craft-making, to stockwatching to surveying.

Species information

Common name
Heineken Fly
Latin name
Rhingia campestris
Category
Invertebrates
Flies
Statistics
Body length: 0.7-1.1cm
Conservation status
Common.