Pachygaster leachii


A soldier fly with a small, black, rounded abdomen, clear wings, femora mainly yellow and bases of the antennae are orange.

See Martin Harvey's photo ID guide.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.


Well wooded areas with Oak and Elm.

When to see it


UK Status

Fairly frequent in southern Britain as far north as the Humber.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map