Suillia variegata

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map