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