Orange-legged Robberfly - Dioctria oelandica

Description

Britain's largest Dioctria with long dark wings that have colourful reflections in some lights. All three pairs of legs are largely orange.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

A species of old oak woodland.

When to see it

Summer.

Life History

The adults prey on insects such as sawflies and ichneumons. The larvae are presumed to develop in woodland soil or rotting wood.

UK Status

It is quite widespread but local in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map