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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