Tephritis vespertina

    Description

    Wing Length 3.7 to 4.5 mm. Orange oviscape with black apex and black triangular mark at base. Legs dark orange. Most of body covered in a brown tomentum. Wing pattern is important in identification.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.

    Habitat

    Best searched for near the foodplant.

    When to see it

    Adults are found from June to August

    Life History

    Eggs laid on the capitulum of Cat's ear (Hypochaeris radicata) or sometimes other genera of the Cichorioideae.

    UK Status

    Common throughout the British Isles.

    VC55 Status

    Believed to be common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    MAP KEY:

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

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