Common Awl Robberfly - Neoitamus cyanurus


12 to19mm. The Awl Robberflies are named for the distinctive long ovipositor of the female, made up of the glossy abdominal segments 6-10. This fly has a dark abdomen and legs that are black apart from the tibiae which are bright orange except for the tips which are at least partly black.

Photo ID?

Woodland, especially along the rides of ancient woods.

When to see it

May to October, peaking in June and July.

UK Status

Widespread but further sheltered locations in the north.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map