Parhelophilus versicolor


Like a smaller, hairier and often more orange looking version of Helophilus. The various species of this genus are difficult to separate in the field, or even from photographs.

Where the subject of an image has not received genitalia examination, which is necessary to be certain of accuracy in this species, it is highlighted with a red box. For that reason it is only claimed as likely to be this species


Identification difficulty

Lushly vegetated areas near to water.

When to see it

April to August peaking in July.

UK Status

Parhelophilus versicolor is widespread throughout England but never common.

VC55 Status

Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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