Cleigastra apicalis

    Alt Name
    Cordylura apicalis

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    Damp areas near the larval foodplant common reed (Phragmites australis)

    When to see it

    Adults in spring and summer

    Life History

    This fly lays its eggs on common reed (Phragmites australis) affected by flies of the genera Lipara and Platycephala or the moth Arenostola phragmitidis (Fen Wainscot). The larvae feed on dead plant and animal tissue and the excreta of other insects that live inside the stems of the common reed. Exceptionally they will scrape living plant tissue. The pupa is the overwintering stage. The adults prey on other soft-bodied insects.

    UK Status

    Appears to be fairly common across England and Wales with fewer records from Scotland

    VC55 Status

    Probably fairly common but under-recorded

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map