Cheilosia illustrata


A furry bumblebee mimic with a dark wing cloud. Body is usually pale haired with a black band across the centre of the thorax, and another across tergite 3. It is typically seen settled with its wings closed tightly over its back.

Identification difficulty

Hedgerows and woodland edge, usually on umbelifer flowers of Hogweed and Angelica.

When to see it

April to September, peaking in July.

Life History

Larvae tunnel the roots of large Hogweed plants in autumn.

UK Status

Very common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map