Fever-fly - Dilophus febrilis

    Alternative names
    Fever Fly

    Length: 3.5 to 8 mm. Similar to the St Mark's Fly but not as hairy and with a ring of spines at the tip of the front tibia. The female has tinted wings - except for the tips, whilst the male has clear wings with a black mark.

    Identification difficulty

    Around low vegetation.

    When to see it

    Found in spring to late summer peaking in April and May.

    Life History

    The larvae live underground and may damage plant roots.

    UK Status

    Fairly common and widespread throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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