Graphomya maculata

    Description

    The males have an orangey-brown patterned abdomen but females have a grey/black pattern. Both have distinctive stripes on the thorax.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Meadows, hedgerows and roadside verges nectaring on various flowers, especially umbellifers.

    When to see it

    May to September/October.

    Life History

    The larvae are predatory, feeding in muddy pools and damp leaf litter.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map