Anthomyia procellaris

    Description

    This small handsome fly has a thorax neatly marked with black blobs on grey.

    There are other similar species and certain identification requires detailed examination, if we cannot be certain that an image is Anthomyia procellaris but it is likely to be this species, it is highlighted in a red box.

    Similar Species

    Anthomyia procellaris is very similar to A. bazini A. imbrida and A. pluvialis. A. procellaris cannot be distinguished from the rare A. bazini without examining the male genitalia. It can normally be distinguished from the other two by the dark mark at the base of the wings being divided into two separate spots. In pluvialis and imbrida this is fused into one connected spot. In pluvialis this spot has a straight rear boundary wheras in imbrida it is more notched. It is also useful to count the anterodorsal setae on the hind tibia (males), there are 9-15 in A. imbrida, less in the others. (Note that A. imbrida and A. bazini has not (yet) been recorded in Leics and Rutland).

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Examination of the male genitalia is necessary to key out this species. Please explain how you identified your specimen.

    Habitat

    Well wooded areas. It is often seen sun-bathing on fences and posts and feeding on bird droppings.

    Life History

    This species is not well understood but is thought to have an association with birds' nests.

    UK Status

    Scattered records from England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland is not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map