Pipiza noctiluca


    The pair of grey spots on tergite two are found only in the female of the species. There is also usually a faint wing shade.

    Identification difficulty

    Likes sunbathing and visiting flowers along hedgerows and woodland edges.

    When to see it

    April to September peaking late May to early June.

    Life History

    The larvae appear to feed on an aphid species found on Hogweeds.

    UK Status

    The species is widespread and fairly frequent in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map