Phaonia tuguriorum

    Description

    The early appearance of this fly helps to point to this species. It has a dull brown abdomen with darker transverse stripes.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • c7mm
    • Presutural acrostichal bristles absent
    • Post-suture bristles: 1x acrostichal + 4x dorsocentral
    • Front tibia with 1-2 posterior bristles
    • Basal antennal segments, scutellum base + legs reddish
    • Wing cross-veins darkened
    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

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map