Cheilosia grossa

    Description

    A dark bodied hoverfly with red brown hairs. C. grossa is very similar to C. albipila but on close examination C. grossa will be found to have black antennae.  

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    Habitat

    Areas where thistles are common, damp meadows woodland rides etc. 

    When to see it

    March to May – peaking late March and early April. 

    Life History

    Larvae develop inside the stems of thistles. 

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.  

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. 

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map