Chrysogaster solstitialis - Chrysogaster solstitialis

Description

This species has particularly dark wings. Though the abdomen is black and unmarked, the thorax of the female has a purple sheen and the scutellum often has a blue-grey dusting.

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Habitat

Found on umbellifers in damp places.

When to see it

From late May to October, peaking in July and August.

Life History

The larvae live in the mud beside streams and ponds.

UK Status

Fairly frequent and widespread in most of Britain, though somewhat less so in the north.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map