Sphenella marginata

Alternative names
Tephritis marginata

One of many flies in this family with distinctive patterning on the wings.

Identification difficulty

Various well vegetated habitats where the larval host plants are present.

When to see it

June to September.

Life History

The larvae of this fly mine flowers of Ragworts and Groundsels. The flower head widens at is base, resulting in a cone shape; the bracts are widened. The affected flower heads contain one white maggot, or a brown puparium.

UK Status

Most records for this species come from the southern half of Britain, although it has on occasion been recorded further north.

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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