Striped Slender Robberfly - Leptogaster cylindrica

    Description

    Feet without pads. Hind femur is yellowish. Third antennal segment ends in bristle. Resembles a crane fly in flight. Leptogaster guttiventris is similar but has reddish hind femur.

    Habitat

    Hunts in grassy places.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    Life History

    Flies slowly amongst grass plucking aphids from the leaves.

    UK Status

    Widespread in the southern half of Britain, but scarce further north.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map