Saltella sphondylii


Size 2 to 3 mm. This fly has orange thighs and an orange scutellum although the degree of colouration is variable. It has a rather matt appearance compared to other Sepsidae and the scutellum is large and flat.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


The adults may be found around flowers.

When to see it

May to August.

Life History

Larvae feed on dung.

UK Status

Widespread in southern Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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