Botanophila fugax


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

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    This species has a red ID rating and unless identified by a known expert you must provide a satisfactory explanation of how it was identified for the record to be accepted.


    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.

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