Delia platura

    Alt Name
    Seedcorn Maggot Fly and as Bean Seed Fly

    A small greyish and very hairy fly.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    This species has a red ID rating and unless identified by a known expert you must provide a satisfactory explanation of how it was identified for the record to be accepted.


    Around various crops including beans, peas, oilseed rape and various brassicas.

    When to see it

    Mainly a spring species.

    Life History

    The larvae can cause damage by attacking roots and sprouting seedlings.

    UK Status

    Widespread and quite common in England at least.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland, and can be abundant where present.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map