Phaonia pallida


Length about 7 mm. An orange fly with a very hairy thorax.

Similar Species

Thricops diaphanus is a very similar orange muscid. Females can be separated by the frontal vitta (area between eyes) which is orange in P. pallida but dark in T. diaphanus. Males will generally need microscopic examination unless they have the darkened front to the thorax which is a feature of some, but not all, male P. pallida.

Identification difficulty

Often seen in woodland.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History

Larvae are associated with fungi and rotten wood.

UK Status

Fairly common and widespread in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent 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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