Murky-legged Black Legionnaire - Beris chalybata
Their halteres are whitish in colour, their legs are long and dirty orange and their feet are dark. Note the 6 spines on the scutellum - characteristic of the genus. It also has tinted wings.
There are 6 British species in the Beris genus and these can usually be distinguished by the combination of abdomen and leg colours. See our ID Guide to Beris species.
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Flying, or resting, on sunlit leaves in bushes, hedges or other flowering plants.
It feeds on pollen and nectar and sometimes also on the substrate of rotten plants. Females lay eggs individually on rotting plants. The larvae overwinter. They pupate in spring, in a hardened larval skin. The adult flies leave this through a T-shaped slit.
Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records
- RED = 2020+
- DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
- LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015