Pyrophaena granditarsus

Alternative names
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.

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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