Tephritis formosa


    Length males 4 to 5 mm, females 5 to 6 mm. It has light beige wings that are boldly patterned with dark markings.


    Most well vegetated places, especially meadows and grassland where the larval host plants grow.

    Life History

    The host plants for the larvae are Hawk's-beard, Cat's-ear and Sow-thistle flower heads, causing galls to form on them.

    UK Status

    Quite common and widespread, at least in southern Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map