Urophora cuspidata

    Description

    A well marked member of the 'fruit fly' family Tephritidae. Many of the members of this genus are confusingly similar and need microscopic examination to determine species. For this reason our image is placed in a red box and is likely to be this species, but should only be taken as representative of the species.

    Habitat

    Favouring flowers of the Knapweed family, and most likely to be found where these are present.

    When to see it

    Late spring and summer.

    Life History

    Larva lives within a gall on the Knapweed plant.

    UK Status

    Mainly recorded from southern Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland is not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map