Tabanus maculicornis


    Length: 12 mm. A rather small, dark species with very narrow alula (flap at base of the wing) and orange antennae. The female has a pattern of grey triangles on the abdomen. Both sexes have one eye band.

    Identification difficulty

    Like most tabanids, it prefers woodland or woodland edge habitats,particularly those associated with streams or marshy grassland.

    When to see it

    Mid-May to mid-July, peaking in late June.

    Life History

    It is believed to breed in boggy soil and around moss.

    UK Status

    Widespread in southern Britain but less common that it used to be.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map