Pipiza luteitarsis

    Description

    The name of this species derives from the fact that the tarsi (feet) on the front and mid legs are yellow. This distinguishes luteitarsis from all other Pipiza species.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Well-wooded areas and hedgerows, particularly those containing Elm scrub.

    When to see it

    April to August peaking in late May and June.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Schizoneura aphids which curl the leaves of Elm. Males can sometimes be seen hovering in sunny spots, about 2-3 metres up, around Elm scrub.

    UK Status

    This species is uncommon but widespread in England.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon 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