Urophora stylata

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    Anywhere that the host plant Spear Thistle is present.

    When to see it

    Summer

    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

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map