Suillia variegata


You can easily tell apart flies of the Heleomyzidae family by the regularly spaced spines on the fore edge of the wings. Suillia variegata has a hairy thorax, and wings with a small pale area on the tip after a darker patch.

Identification difficulty

It is found in various habitats, but adults are often found in the vicinity of fungi and decay suitable for the larvae.

When to see it

All year round with peaks in April/May and July/August.

Life History

Larvae feed on mushrooms and on decaying matter.

UK Status

It is fairly frequent and can be found throughout Britain but seems to be more frequent in the south.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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