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.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map