One of many flies in this family with distinctive patterning on the wings.
Various well vegetated habitats where the larval host plants are present.
June to September.
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.
Most records for this species come from the southern half of Britain, although it has on occasion been recorded further north.
Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.
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