Mydaea urbana


Mydaea is a genus characterised by seta on both the dorsal and ventral wings at the radio-cubital node. Very similar to a number of other related species – detailed examination may be needed to identify to species level.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance
  • bristles on the radio-cubital wing node (both dorsal and ventral)
  • reddish legs
  • black scutellum
  • arista hairs > 3rd antennal segment diameter
  • pre-alar bristle much longer than the 2nd notopleural
  • basicosta blackish
  • hairs around the base of the 2nd notopleural bristle
Recording advice

Should be examined under a microscope.


Various habitats, especially well vegetated areas.

When to see it

May to October.

Life History

Known to breed in fungi such as Polyporus squamosus.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map