Sepedon sphegea


Length 8 to 11 mm. The body of this species is mainly brown or blackish, but the femurs are a striking orangey red and the tarsae are black. The hind femurs have a row of bristles that stand out.

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.


Marshes and wet meadows, pond edges etc.

When to see it

April to October.

Life History

The larvae feed on molluscs.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

UK Map