Dichetophora finlandica


Length 7 or 8 mm. An attractive fly with a rust coloured abdomen and grey thorax. The legs of this species are also rust coloured with no lighter band on the femora.

Similar Species

Dichetophora obliterata is similar, but that species has a pale yellow band at the upper part of the femora, whilst in D. finlandica the femora are rust-coloured throughout their length.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

To be certain of identification images showing the postalar setae are needed. There are two in Dichetophora obliterata but only one in D. finlandica.


It has a stronghold in the fens of East Anglia, but it has also been recorded from other varied habitats including West London and the top of Croft Hill, so we will have to assume that its presence is not determined solely by habitat.

When to see it

Summer and autumn.

UK Status

It is infrequent or under recorded in Britain with scattered records from England and Wales and with a stronghold in East Anglia.

VC55 Status

Uncommon or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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