Seioptera vibrans


Length 5 to 6 mm. This is a picture winged fly with a shiny bulbous body and two strong dark 'shades' on each wing with one at the wing tip the other on the top edge.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.


Hedgerows and well wooded places.

When to see it

May to August/September.

Life History

Feed on pollen from plants such as Hogweed and on small insects.

UK Status

Fairly frequent and widespread in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map