Leucophora sp.

    Description

    Usually brown bodied, hairy satellite flies. The number of similar species makes precise identification of species very difficult.

    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.

    Habitat

    Various habitats, often around gravely soils searching out the nests of the host bees.

    When to see it

    Spring and early summer are best.

    Life History

    Larvae parasitise the nests of Andrena bees.

    UK Status

    Seem to be fairly frequent and widespread in England.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent 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