Palloptera ustulata agg.

Alternative names
Palloptera anderssoni agg.

Palloptera ustulata cannot be distinguished from Palloptera anderssoni without very detailed examination by an expert, and for this reason we have treated it as an aggregate. It is a small fly of about 4.5 mm. It has an orange abdomen and slight shades at the wing tips.

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.


Hedgerows and gardens.

When to see it

Late May to end of October.

Life History

Adults have been seen nectaring on the flowers of Tansy.

UK Status

Widespread and thought to be fairly frequent in Britain.

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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