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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map