Thereva nobilitata


This fly has a long hairy body with slender legs. The adults are conspicuous with their golden hairs and banded abdomen. The female abdomen in quite pointed.

Identification difficulty
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Hedgerows and well wooded areas where it can be found resting on vegetation, and is often netted from the foliage of bushes and trees.

When to see it

Peak in June and July.

Life History

The larvae, look rather like worms and live amongst dead leaves. They eat everything from rotting plants to other insects and worms.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain and fairly frequent, but not really common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland

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

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