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

    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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