Rhagio scolopaceus


Length 8 to 16 mm.  Like other Rhagio species R. scolopaceus are yellowy-orange (sometimes darkened) flies with long, slender legs. The sides of the thorax are grey as are the tops of the legs. The wing has several darkened marks.

Identification difficulty

They tend to sit on leaves in moist vegetation, and can be seen in hedgerows and woodland edges.

When to see it

May to July.

Life History

Their larvae dwell in the ground.

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly 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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