Macrophya rufipes

    Alt Name
    Red-thighed Macrophya

    Length 7-11mm. A distinctive species, the male has pale yellow fore/mid-legs with red hind femora and black hind tibiae; it has a red band across three tergites of the abdomen. The female has darker yellow/orange fore/mid-legs and hind tibiae red apically; red banding is usually present across two tergites of the abdomen, along with some white lateral marks and a white mark dorsally on the apical tergite. The red bands on the abdomen are sometimes absent.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required showing the identifying characters.


    Marshy areas and scrub.

    When to see it

    May to June.

    Life History

    The larvae are reported to feed on Dewberry (Rubus caesius).

    UK Status

    A local species across southern England, it can occur in numbers where it is found.

    VC55 Status

    The record of 2020-06-13 is the first for VC55.

    Further Information

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map