Cheilosia variabilis


This species has an elongate, rather parallel sided grey abdomen and black thorax. It is relatively large, and has dark wings.

Identification difficulty

It lives in wooded areas, and lush woodland edges.

When to see it

April to September, peaking in May and early June

Life History

Breeds on Figwort, where the larvae eat the root nodules.

UK Status

Common in Britain though fewer records from the north.

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