Phasia hemiptera

    Description

    One of a small group of distinctive Tachinid flies. This species is strongly sexually dimorphic the female has noticeable orange hair patches on the sides of the thorax, and the abdomen shows some subdued orange marking. The males are even more colourful with curved patterned wings.

    Habitat

    Various habitats, but usually in well wooded areas or around hedgerows etc.

    When to see it

    Flight period: early May to early August

    Life History

    It is a parasite of Heteropteran bugs, with known hosts including Green Shieldbug and Forest Bug. The female lays her eggs on these insects and the larvae then develop inside the living host.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent, particularly in the southern half of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Thought to be fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map