Norellia spinipes

Alternative names
Daffodil Fly

Norellia spinipes is a little orangey fly with long legs and at first sight looks more like a stilt-fly than a dung-fly.

Identification difficulty

It is associated with daffodils, although not exclusively so.

When to see it

Most likely to be encountered in spring, on or around daffodils, but has been recorded as late as November.

Life History

The larvae mine the leaves and pupate at the base of Narcissus (daffodil family) and sometimes damage the bulbs.

UK Status

Thought to be quite an uncommon southerly species, but recent targeted recording seems to show that this fly may be more widespread than first thought with records from as far north as Yorkshire.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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