Twin-lobed Deerfly - Chrysops relictus

    Description

    Length 8 to 10.5 mm. A stoutly-built insect. The patterning may vary slightly but there are always black lobes on the second abdominal segment. There are other similar species and care needs to be taken with identification.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    It's preferred habitat is damp floodplain meadows, it will use other moist areas and woodland, particularly if there is mud or soft wet ground close by.

    When to see it

    May to September.

    Life History

    The adults can give humans a painful bite, and the females suck the blood of grazing animals, whilst males feed on flower pollen. The larvae feed upon organic matter in damp soils, and are termed hydrobionts in that they inhabit areas of high water content.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairlyfrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map