Trypetoptera punctulata

    Description

    Length: 6-7mm. A beautifully marked fly, belonging to the Scyomizidae family. The wing pattern helps to identify the species. It also has long, forward-pointing antennae, typical of the family.

    Habitat

    Unusually for the Sciomyzids, it is a species of dry habitats, especially calcareous woodlands.

    When to see it

    May - October, peaking in June.

    Life History

    The members of this family deposit their eggs near snails and the larvae eat the snail. There is some evidence that the adults also kill snails directly. This means that the members of this family are useful in biological pest control.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread.

    VC55 Status

    Under-recorded but probably fairly common.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map