Platycheirus rosarum

Alternative names
Pyrophaena rosarum

Wing length 5.5 to 7.75 mm. Both sexes are immediately recognisable by the shape and markings of the abdomen – which widens steadily towards the tip and has a pair of pale yellow spots on segment T3 on an otherwise black background.

Identification difficulty

Wet meadows, and along the edges of water bodies such as ponds and ditches.

When to see it

April to September peaking in June and July.

UK Status

Widespread but local in Britain. It can be abundant where it occurs.

VC55 Status

Local in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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