Eriothrix rufomaculata

Description

It is a bristly black species, with prominent orange patches on the sides of its abdomen, separated by a dorsal black line.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Adults are flower-feeders, visiting various flowers including umbellifers and flowers of the Daisy family.

When to see it

June to October.

Life History

Larvae of this species are parasitic, developing inside the larvae of moths.

UK Status

Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

UK Map