Dioctria baumhaueri


    Length 8 to 13 mm. This is a mainly black robber fly, but the front two pairs of legs are orange with a dark stripe along the upper surface. It also has a pale stripe on the side of the thorax.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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    Hedgerows and meadows.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    Life History

    Predatory on other insects.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    UK Map