Urophora stylata


A distinctive species with a unique wing pattern. The scutellum and sides of the thorax are a pale creamy colour and the eyes can appear orangey-green.

Identification difficulty

Anywhere that the host plant Spear Thistle is present.

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Life History

The female lays her eggs in the flower heads of thistles, usually Spear Thistle, causing them to swell and damage seeds. They are sometimes used in weed control against thistles.

UK Status

Fairly frequent in the southern half of Britain, but very few records from Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map