Hydrotaea similis


This group are sometimes called 'sweat flies' as they sometimes swarm around people's heads, attracted to sweat. This is a very dark brown or almost black coloured species with a shiny appearance.

Identification difficulty

Often in hilly or well wooded areas.

When to see it

Peak is in May and June.

UK Status

The few available records show a wide distribution in England.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map