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