Terellia ruficauda

    Description

    This is a well marked gall fly with dark patches on the wings.

    There are other very similar species in this genus which means that detailed examination of an actual specimen is generally needed to identify the exact species. A red box around the image indicates that we think it is likely to be this species but can't be 100% certain.

    Habitat

    Around thistles, the larval food plant.

    When to see it

    Late spring to autumn.

    Life History

    Larvae feed on various thistles causing galls to form.

    UK Status

    Widespread in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland is not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map