Amobia signata

    Description

    A fly with a rather bluish grey chequered appearance.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

    Habitat

    Around the nests of its larval food source.

    When to see it

    Best May to August.

    Life History

    The flesh fly Amobia signata is what is known as a 'cleptoparasite'. It lays its eggs in the nests of solitary bees and wasps. When the larvae hatch, they eat the food provided by the adult bee or wasp for its own larvae.

    UK Status

    Not well recorded in Britain but seems more frequent in the southern half of the country.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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