Rhagoletis meigenii

    Description

    The wing is distinctively patterned, but there are similar species and detailed examination is needed for a positive identification to species level. Where no detailed examination has taken place, the image is shown in a red box to indicate that the record is very likely to be this species, but it has not been confirmed.

    Photo ID?
    Habitat

    On barberry plants.

    When to see it

    Spring/summer.

    Life History

    The larvae are associated Barberry and Oregon Grape. The males often sit on leaves of host plants and try to wing waving to attract females. Adults feed on Pollen and nectar whilst larvae have been found in the fruit of barberry plants.

    UK Status

    Lack of records, possibly due to the difficulty of identification, means that the status and range of this species cannot be easily determined.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map