Platycheirus tarsalis


Platycheirus tarsalis is one of a pair of yellow-spotted Platycheirus species with a strongly protruding mouth and the front legs of the male with only tarsal segments 1 and 2 enlarged and the fore tibiae unmodified. Compared with Platycheirus manicatus, the thorax is much shinier, the abdominal spots are paler (creamy-white) and the spots on tergite 2 are well separated from the hind margin of the segment. Females are more likely to be confused with Platycheirus peltatus but have the femora more extensively dark and the abdominal spots are squarer.

Similar Species

Platycheirus manicatus and Platycheirus peltatus (similar to some females).

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Good photographs required showing abdominal markings and ideally the front legs in males.


Usually found in and around woodland in late spring and early summer. It is especially attracted by cruciferous flowers such as Honesty, Garlic-mustard and Cuckoo-flower but wil also visit Blebell, Greater Stitchwort and Germander Speedwell.

When to see it

Late spring and early summer

Life History

The larvae are presumed to be aphidophagous, but little seems to be known of their precise requirements.

UK Status

This is a widespread and locally common species in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map

Species profile

Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
04/05/2015 (Ruddoch, Paul)
Last record:
19/04/2024 (Nicholls, David)

Total records by month

% of records within its species group

10km squares with records

The latest images and records displayed below include those awaiting verification checks so we cannot guarantee that every identification is correct. Once accepted, the record displays a green tick.

In the Latest Records section, click on the header to sort A-Z, and again to sort Z-A. Use the header boxes to filter the list.

Latest images

Latest records