Platycheirus scutatus


Although shown as a species, it is now thought that scutatus is a species complex. Voucher specimens are usually collected when precise identification is required. Sensu lato means 'in the broadest sense' and is a term used to describe a species group. Where the image has not received expert verification, which is necessary to be certain of accuracy in this species, it is highlighted with a red box. For that reason it is only claimed as likely to be this species.

Identification difficulty

Woodland margins and dense hedgerows.

When to see it

March to November peaking in June and August/September.

Life History

The larvae may be found on herbaceous vegetation and shrubs.

UK Status

P. scutatus is common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map