Pipiza luteitarsis - Pipiza luteitarsis

Description

The name of this species derives from the fact that the tarsi (feet) on the front and mid legs are yellow. This distinguishes luteitarsis from all other Pipiza species.

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Habitat

Well-wooded areas and hedgerows, particularly those containing Elm scrub.

When to see it

April to August peaking in late May and June.

Life History

The larvae feed on Schizoneura aphids which curl the leaves of Elm. Males can sometimes be seen hovering in sunny spots, about 2-3 metres up, around Elm scrub.

UK Status

This species is uncommon but widespread in England.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map