Tephritis cometa

    Description

    A small fly of about 4 mm with distinctively patterned wings. There are other quite similar members of the family and care is needed in identifying this species.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Various habitats including grassland and areas where thistles occur.

    When to see it

    March to October peaking in early August.

    Life History

    Larvae are found in the flower heads of Marsh Thistle and Creeping Thistle.

    UK Status

    Widespread but occasional in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map