Rhingia campestris

    Description

    The genus is easily recognised by its long snout. With R. campestris the abdomen usually has a black line or stripe along the axis, but always along the lateral margins of the tergites. It has a largely orange abdomen and dark thorax.

    Similar Species

    There are just two Rhingia species in Britain and both are very similar. However R. rostrata lacks the black margins to the tergites and has a completely orange abdomen and legs. R. campestris has a black ring on at least the rear leg and often more).

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    Habitat

    Near to hedgerows, woodland edges.

    When to see it

    April to October. Peaking late May/early June and late August/early September.

    Life History

    The larvae breed in cow dung where they are exceedingly well camouflaged in the surface layer.

    UK Status

    Very common throughout Britain except in the far north.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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