Pyrophaena granditarsus

    Alt Name
    Platycheirus granditarsus

    Wing length 5 to 8.5mm.  There are large orange-red markings on the abdomen and the male has modified tarsi on the front and middle legs.

    Similar Species

    Xylota segnis, but this is usually a larger and more robust species.

    Identification difficulty

    Wet meadows and the margins of ponds and ditches.

    When to see it

    June to August are the peak months.

    UK Status

    Widespread and often abundant

    VC55 Status

    Believed to be common.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map