Morellia simplex

    Description

    Around 9-10mm, with a bold white, black and grey stripy thorax and a dark grey abdomen with a pale tip. Vein m gently curves towards the wing margin and the middle tibia is without a strong posteroventral seta, though posterodorsal and posterior setae usually well developed.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Found around cattle.

    When to see it

    Peaks in April/May and in August/September.

    Life History

    It is sometimes referred to as a Sweat Fly and it can be a particular nuisance to cattle.

    UK Status

    Widespread and quite common in Britain.

    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