Neottiophilum praeustum


This is a shining orange fly with a spinose costa. It is about 9 mm long. The wings are marked with dark 'shades' particularly at the wing tip.


Various habitats in search of suitable birds' nests for their larva.

When to see it

May and June.

Life History

This distinctive fly is sometimes called the Nest Skipper Fly. The larvae are parasites of birds, sucking the blood of nestlings. It has been found in nests of House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) as well as other species including various finches.

UK Status

Very few British records have been entered, mostly from southern England.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map