Anthomyia pluvialis


    This genus is the Dalmatian of the fly world, with a striking chequered appearance. The background is usually grey but can be brown with distinct black spots.

    Similar Species

    Anthomyia pluvialis is very similar to A. imbrida and A. procellaris. Male pluvialis can be distinguished by the dark mark at the base of the wings being divided into two separate spots. In males of procellaris and imbrida this is fused into one connected spot. However, female imbrida have the supra alar spot disconnected from the dorsal lateral spot, like female pluvialis. However, the supra alar spot on imbrida extends to the lateral seta whereas it doesn't in female pluvialis.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    An image of the side view showing the two spots on the thorax is required.


    It is often seen on umbellifers and other flowers.

    When to see it

    Summer and Autumn.

    Life History

    It is thought to 'dance' before rain, hence its scientific name. It breeds on rotting vegetation.

    UK Status

    Fairly common and recorded across England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon or under-recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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