Rhagio lineola


Like other Rhagio species R. lineola are yellowy-orange flies with long, slender legs. Length 6 to 8 mm. The thorax is uniformly grey, and the wing has a solid dark blackish stigma.

Identification difficulty

Hedgerows woods and other well wooded areas with rich vegetation.

When to see it

Found from May to September.

Life History

The adult is a predator of smaller flies and other insects whilst its larvae feed on earthworms and beetle larvae.

UK Status

This is a common 'Snipe Fly' and widespread throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland

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

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