Cheilosia pagana


    One of the smallest Cheilosia. The female has an exceptionally large, orange coloured, third antennal segment. The males often have strong reflective grey triangles on the sides of the abdomen. They have bare arista and the female has an entirely black scutellum.

    Identification difficulty

    Varied habitats both woodland and open often on early flowering plants such as Blackthorn, and on umbellifers.

    When to see it

    March to October peaking May/June and August.

    Life History

    Larvae have been found in the roots of Cow Parsley but may also use other umbellifers.

    UK Status

    This is a common species throughout Britain though less so in the north.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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