Helina evecta

    Description

    This fly has a pale brown or blue abdomen with dark spots. It has notable dark veins on its wings. 

    Similar Species

    It cannot be reliably separated from H. annosa without detailed examination. The setae on the underside of the hind femur are a key feature. In H. evecta these are restricted to the apical third and long (more than the width of the femur). In H. annosa they extend along the length of the femur and are shorter (up to the width of the femur).

    Helina annosa Helina evecta
    Habitat

    Various, but often found on Willow and Colt's-foot in spring.

    Life History

    Larvae are found in humus soil and moss.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in England and Wales, fewer records from Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map