Orange-legged Robberfly - Dioctria oelandica

    Description

    Britain's largest Dioctria with long dark wings that have colourful reflections in some lights.

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    Habitat

    A species of old oak woodland.

    When to see it

    Summer.

    Life History

    The adults prey on insects such as sawflies and ichneumons. The larvae are presumed to develop in woodland soil or rotting wood.

    UK Status

    It is quite widespread but local in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map