ID Guide - Beris
This genus of soldierflies are all of modest size with an elliptical abdomen. The abdomen is either blackish or mainly orange but without a striking pattern. They also have 6 spines projecting backwards from the scutellum. Note that flies in the related Chorisops genus have 4 spines.
There are 6 known species in Britain. It is not known if all can be found in Leicestershire and Rutland and the status descriptions are based on national records.
|B. chalybata||black||dull orange||common|
|B. fuscipes||black||dark with orange on tips of femora + base of tibiae||uncommon|
|B. geniculata||black||dark all over||common|
|B. morrisii||black||clear yellow||uncommon|
|B. clavipes||orange||hind tibiae orange||rare|
|B. vallata||orange||hind tibiae half black / half orange||common|
Note: as with many species there can be variation amongst specimens.