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Duck-billed Hoverfly - Rhingia campestris
Duck-billed Hoverfly - Rhingia campestris


Heineken fly
The heineken fly (Rhingia campestris), also called heineken hoverfly, is a species in the order two-winged flies (Diptera), the suborder Brachycera, the infraorder Muscomorpha (section: Aschiza), the superfamily Syrphoidea, and the family hoverflies (Syrphidae).
This species of the genus Rhingia is common and widespread in Europe and Asia.
Duck-billed Hoverfly on a flower
Duck-billed Hoverfly on a flower
Adult heineken flies reach body lengths of 8 - 11 mm. Their bodies are brown, red and grey in colour. The identifying characteristic of this species is the shape of the head. The heineken fly has a rust-red ‘beak’ with a dark tip. The beak houses the proboscis which is up to 13mm in length. The antennae are short and hairy. The space between the eyes is wider in the females; in the males there is only a narrow seaming.
Hoverfly - Rhingia campestris - Top view
Hoverfly - Rhingia campestris - Top view
The mesonotum is a brownish-black, shiny, metallic colour. 4 grey bands run lengthwise along its upper surface. The wings have a reddish brown to brownish tint. The legs are rusty red, sometimes yellowy-orange. The abdomen is reddish-brown to yellowish-red and has a dark brown median stripe. The rear edges of each abdominal segment are also dark. A dark side seaming runs across all segments.
Fly - Duck-billed Hoverfly - Rhingia campestris - Front view
Fly - Duck-billed Hoverfly - Rhingia campestris - Front view
The heineken fly lives at a variety of altitudes, preferably in forest edges, woodland trails, meadows, marshes, farmland and fields. The adults suck nectar from, for example, Lamiaceae, oregano, geranium, thistle, buttercup, winches, black nettles and nettles.
The heineken fly is active from April to September. It reproduces 2-3 times a year. Its life expectancy is on average 8 months.
The females lay their eggs on plant stems above the faeces of cattle. The hatched larvae then drop and burrow into the excrement and feed there. Within days, the larvae pupate in the soil near the manure and then hatch as adults. One month later, they are also sexually mature. Insectivores and birds are among the natural enemies of the heineken fly.

Rhingia campestris
Common namesHeineken Hoverfly, Pinocchio Fly
German namesSchnauzenschwebfliege, Gemeine Schnauzenschwebfliege, Schnauzen-Schwebfliege, Feld-Schnabelschwebfliege
Dutch namesGewone Snuitvlieg, Snuitvlieg
Danish namesMark-snabelsvirreflue
Finnish namesLaidunkukkakärpänen, Laidunnokkanen
Swedish namesängsnäbbfluga
AuthorMeigen, 1822
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe
North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire)), North England (Northwest England (Cheshire))))), Ireland), Fennoscandia (Finland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia))), West Europe (Austria, France, Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)), South Europe (Italy, Iberian Peninsula (Spain)), Central Europe (Poland, Czech Republic), Southeast Europe (Bulgaria)
Asia
Far East (East Asia (Mongolia)), North Asia
Caucasus
Russia
Siberia (West Siberia (West Siberian Plain), South Siberia (South Siberian mountains), Middle Siberia), Ural


CountriesAustria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesRhingia campestris in dyntaxa.se
Rhingia campestris in Wikipedia (English)

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1. Duck-billed Hoverfly - Rhingia campestris
2. Duck-billed Hoverfly on a flower
3. Hoverfly - Rhingia campestris - Top view
4. Fly - Duck-billed Hoverfly - Rhingia campestris - Front view
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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderDiptera
True flies, Mosquitoes, Gnats, Flies
SuborderBrachycera
Short-horned flies, Muscoid flies, Circular-seamed flies, Flies
InfraorderMuscomorpha
SectionAschiza
SuperfamilySyrphoidea
FamilySyrphidae
Rat-tailed Maggots, Hoverflies, Hover flies, Drone flies, Flower flies, Syrphid flies
SubfamilyEristalinae
TribeRhingiini
SubtribeRhingiina
GenusRhingia
Speciescampestris
Rhingia campestris
Heineken Hoverfly, Pinocchio Fly
AuthorMeigen, 1822
Wingspan12 mm
 
Synonyms
Musca macrocephala
Musca nasata
Musca nasatus
Musca nosata
Musca nosatus
Rhingia macrocephala
Rhingia nasata
Rhingia nosata
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