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

UK Map