Hydrophoria lancifer


    It is a member of the Anthomyiidae family, which are closely related to the Muscidae but the 6th long vein reaches to the wing margin. It is a hairy beige-brown fly, varying in length from 4 to 11 mm.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    This species has a red ID rating and unless identified by a known expert you must provide a satisfactory explanation of how it was identified for the record to be accepted.


    Most commonly seen around wet woodland.

    When to see it

    This species flies from April to August.

    Life History

    It breeds on dung.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map