Botanophila fugax

    Description

    This anthomyiidae fly has a grey striped thorax and black legs. It has characteristically long hairs arising from the thorax.

    Habitat

    Various habitats, but usually in well vegetated or flower rich places, and especially around Elder and Tansy.

    When to see it

    Spring to Autumn.

    Life History

    Larva bore into the stems of plants such as Elder. The adults visit flowers, especially Tansy.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map