Pipizella viduata

    Description

    A small, compact species (8 to 10 mm) with an all-black abdomen. The third segment of the antenna is about 1.5 times as long as wide in the male and about twice as long as wide in the female. It has a row of hairs on the anterior surface of the rear tibia that are only as wide as the tibia itself, which also helps to distinguish it from similar species. 

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Found on dry grassland, heathland and disturbed ground. 

    When to see it

    May to September, peaking late June and early July. 

    Life History

    Associated with root aphids on several plant species. 

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly common in Britain. 

    VC55 Status

    Quite frequent 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