Urophora quadrifasciata

    Alternative names
    Four-barred Knapweed Gall Fly

    The term ‘quadrifasciata’ in the Scientific Name refers to the dark, four-banded pattern in the wing.

    Identification difficulty
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    Meadows and verges where Knapweed is present.

    When to see it

    Usually encountered in summer.

    Life History

    Two generations a year. Overwintering generation emerges as adults from galls in the mature seedheads in the spring when new flower buds are beginning to form.

    UK Status

    It seems to be quite widespread in the southern half of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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