Pales pavida

Description

Length about 10 mm. A very bristly blue black tachinid fly with hairy eyes, strong facial-ridge bristles that are downward-pointing, paler tibiae and a blueish cast to the body colour.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Various habitats.

When to see it

Two flight periods - late May/early June and early July to late September.

Life History

It is a parasite of moths such as the Yellow Underwing family.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in England and Wales.

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