Drab Wood-soldierfly - Solva marginata


    Length about 7 mm. This is a black bodied species, the scutellum is pale yellow.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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    It occurs in association with old and recently fallen trees and also log piles. It clearly favours willows and poplars at many sites and can occur in association with scattered riverside trees as well as woodland and thickets, especially those associated with wetlands.

    When to see it

    Flight period May to August.

    Life History

    Larva may be found under the bark of Poplars and Willows.

    UK Status

    Solva marginata is widespread but local in southern and central England with records extending north to Yorkshire.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map