Phaonia tuguriorum

    Description

    The early appearance of this fly helps to point to this species. It has a dull green/brown abdomen with darker transverse stripes. It also has three distinctive features which can be used to confirm the identification. 1. Darkened cross-veins on the wings 2. Yellow tip to the scutellum 3. a pair of acrostical bristles before the scutellum.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Various habitats and often seen around habitation.

    When to see it

    It is one of the earliest flies to appear each year, often seen sun-bathing on sunny walls and fences from February and can be seen until the end of October.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map