Anasimyia contracta


    Wing length 5 to 7.5 mm. This species has a slightly 'wasp waisted' abdomen. Segment T2 is narrower than it is long and it has greyish 'hockey stick' shaped markings.

    Similar Species

    A. transfuga has similar markings but with segment T2 parallel sided and wider then long.

    Identification difficulty

    Usually seen on emergent vegetation at the margins of still water.

    When to see it

    April to September peaking in June and July.

    Life History

    Larvae have been found living between the leaf sheaths of rotting plants.

    UK Status

    Widely distributed but local in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Thought to be infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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