Physocephala rufipes

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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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