Thelaira nigripes

    Description

    This is a long-legged, hairy fly with plumose antennae. The central dark band down the back of the abdomen is bordered by orange and white. There is some confusion at present about Thelaira nigrina and Thelaira  nigripes. Possibly they are the same and expert dipterists seem unaware of any differences.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Hedgerows and grassland.

    When to see it

    Flight period: June to August.

    Life History

    Parasitic on some larger moth species.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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