Coenosia tigrina


A small fly (6 or 7 mm long) buff-grey with dark spots. Distinguished from other Coenosia by the combination of a pair of bristles very close to each other on the middle of the hind tibia and the mid and hind femora black with red tips.

Similar Species

Very similar to a number of Helina species, separated by the missing pre-alar bristle.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance
  • 3 sternopleural bristles in a triangle
  • missing pre-alar
  • acrostichals: 0+0, dorsocentrals: 1+3
  • plumose arista, black palps
  • cross-veins not infuscated

Occupies a very broad range of habitats especially waste places and is sometimes found in greenhouses.

When to see it

May to September

Life History

Predatory on small insects etc.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland 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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