Myopa testacea

    Alternative names
    Plain-winged Spring Beegrabber

    This is the most common of the Myopa species in Britain. The thorax of this species is black, not red in front of the scutellum.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Often seen on the catkins and flowers that attract solitary spring breeding bees which they are thought to parasitize.

    When to see it

    Myopa species may emerge as early as April.

    Life History

    Suspected of parasitizing spring breeding solitary bees.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in the southern half of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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