Trypeta artemisiae

    Description

    A distinctive yellowy orange coloured fruit fly with wings that are heavily patterned with dark blotches.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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    Habitat

    To be found where the larval host plants are located.

    When to see it

    Summer and autumn.

    Life History

    Host plants include Mugwort, Tansy, Ragwort, Feverfew and Hemp Agrimony. The larvae mine the leaves and live within them until ready to pupate when they leave the mine.

    UK Status

    Widespread in England but not well recorded.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map