Tachina fera

    Description

    Tachina fera is a large (9 to 16 mm) and bristly fly with a prominent broad black stripe down the centre of an otherwise orange abdomen.

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    Habitat

    Can often be seen in moist and well vegetated locations where it feeds on umbellifers and waterside plants.

    When to see it

    May to September.

    Life History

    Larvae are parasites of caterpillars and other young insects.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map