Sarcophaga variegata


This is a large fly, around 15mm, with the typical grey and white chequerboard pattern on its abdomen and strong stripes on the thorax. Identification requires microscopic examination of a specimen and specifically relies on details of the male genitalia.

The Sarcophagidae family is varied and includes predators and parasitoids of various insects, breeding in animal faeces, carcasses, dead snails, decomposing organic matter, but the the biology of many species is poorly understood or completely unknown.

Similar Species

Other Sarcophaga species.

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.


Frequently seen basking on sunlit fences, rocks and other structures.

When to see it

From April to September.

UK Status

It seems to be fairly frequent and widespread in the southern half of Britain, but there are fewer records from Scotland.

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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