Small Yellow-legged Robber Fly - Dioctria linearis


Length: 8-11mm. The abdomen of this species is mainly black but with orange side patches, and often orange bands, on the tergites. The front and mid legs are entirely yellow with the back legs being yellow and black.

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.


This species is most commonly found on low herbage in dry woodland in dappled light.

When to see it

Mid May to mid August.

UK Status

Mainly found in the southern half of Britain where it is quite widespread but local.

VC55 Status

Local 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