Striped Slender Robberfly - Leptogaster cylindrica


Feet without pads. Hind femur is yellowish. Third antennal segment ends in bristle. Resembles a crane fly in flight.

Similar Species

Leptogaster guttiventris is similar but has reddish hind femur.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Hunts in grassy places.

When to see it

May to August.

Life History

Flies slowly amongst grass plucking aphids from the leaves.

UK Status

Widespread in the southern half of Britain, but scarce further north.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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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