Platycheirus splendidus

Alternative names
Black-fronted Boxer

Very similar to P. scutatus and only described as a separate species in 1998, by Graham Rotheray. Males can be easily distinguished from those of scutatus by the deep black frons (pale grey-dusted in scutatus). The spots on the tergites, especially tergite 2, are smaller. Females are not currently separable. P. aurolateralis is also similar but darker with dusky spots on the tergites, often missing entirely on tergite 2.

Identification difficulty

A (males only – females cannot be identified from photographs)

Recording advice

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Recorded from a variety of habitats, though usually not far from trees. 

When to see it

P. splendidus is mainly a spring and early summer-flying species. 

Life History

The mottled green, white and pink larvae have been reported attacking aphids on Wych Elm and Red Campion.

UK Status

It appears to be widespread but rather localised in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
25/04/2023 (Gaten, Ted)
Last record:
25/04/2023 (Gaten, Ted)

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