Helina reversio


Length 5 to 7 mm. Usually beige or greyish in appearance, but very variable. It has dark femora but with reddish apices, reddish tibia and paired spots on the abdomen.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance
  • pre-alar bristle short
  • eyes bare
  • a posterodorsal bristle on the basal part of hind tibia
  • sternopleural bristles - 2:2
  • legs black, but apices of femora and tibiae reddish
  • abdomen spotted.

Various habitats including hedgerows, flower meadows and woodland.

When to see it

April to October.

Life History

Adults feed on nectar and pollen. Larvae are found in dung, rotting wood etc.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent with most records coming from southern Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map