Physocephala rufipes


Length 7 to 15 mm. A strangely shaped fly with a 'waisted' appearance. The head and thorax area are quite broad, and the end of the abdomen has a bulbous ending.

Identification difficulty

Flower rich areas.

When to see it

May to August.

Life History

The adults are nectar feeders, regularly visiting flowers. Larvae parasitise bumblebees.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in the southern half of 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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