Tephritis bardanae


    One of many similar fruit flies with heavily patterned wings. It is sometimes possible to identify a species based on the wing patterning but some variation does occur, even within members of the same species.


    Tephritis bardanae is found around the flower heads of Burdock.

    When to see it

    Spring to autumn.

    Life History

    The larvae live on Burdock making a gall.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in England and Wales

    VC55 Status

    Thought to be fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map