Myolepta dubia

Alternative names
Wood-vase Hoverfly

A medium-sized, black and orange hoverfly with yellow wing-bases. 

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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It is usually found in older woods and other places with old trees, though not always in the high quality locations that one might expect for a scarce saproxylic insect.

When to see it

May to August, peaking in June and July.

Life History

The larvae develop in water-filled rot holes of various broadleaved trees and adults can sometimes be seen investigating such features. Adults visit the flowers of umbellifers, Dogwood and brambles.

UK Status

Recorded widely but sparingly in southern Britain north to East Anglia and the Midlands, though possibly expanding northwards. Graded Nationally Scarce by Ball & Morris (2014, JNCC Species Status No. 9)

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland which is on the northern edge of its range at present.

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

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