Four-barred Major - Oxycera rara


    Body length 7mm. This is a beautiful little yellow and black soldier fly, and although small it is one of the largest of the eleven species in the genus. This species differs in being entirely black on the second tergite.


    Wetland, wet meadows and marshes, around pools and streams and various other damper areas, often on the leaves of trees.

    When to see it

    June to August

    Life History

    Larvae have been found in damp moss.

    UK Status

    Widespread as far north as Yorkshire, this is one of the commonest of the Oxycera, but despite this it is a local species.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map