Chlorops pumilionis

Description

A very tiny (3 or 4 mm) yellow fly with three dark stripes on the thorax, and a dark triangular patch on the head. Note this is a tentative identification. Other chloropids, e.g. Thaumatomyia notata have similar markings on head and thorax and for this reason the image is placed in a red box as identification is not 100%.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Around grasses and cereal crops, or nectaring on various plants.

When to see it

Adults from overwintering larvae hatch from mid May onwards, followed by a second generation that may persist until October.

Life History

Cylindrical cream-colored larvae reach up to 7 mm. The species overwinters in the larval stage in wild grasses and cereal crops.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in England.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland is not known.

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

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