Dichetophora obliterata


An attractive fly with a rust coloured abdomen and grey thorax. The thighs are quite distinctive, being orangey-red just above the knee joint but pale in the upper parts nearer to the body.

Similar Species

Dichetophora finlandica is similar but it does not have the pale yellow banded area on the upper thigh.

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.


Often around damp grassland or marshy areas.

When to see it

Summer and autumn.

Life History

This is known as a snail-killing fly. The larvae are predatory on snails.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in England and Wales.

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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