Voria ruralis

Description

A mainly black species well covered with long bristly hairs.

Similar Species

Athrycia species are similar.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance
  • arista with very short pubescence
  • eyes without hairs
  • r1 vein with dark, bristle-like hairs
  • sharply-angled m-cu vein
  • strong down-curved parafacial bristle (see ID Aids below)
  • absence of median discals on tergites 3 & 4
Identification aids

Voria

Head profile of Voria ruralis with strong, down-turned bristle on the parafacialia.

Habitat

Various habitats, flower meadows, scrub, waste ground etc.

When to see it

Late June to early October, peaking in late August - early September.

Life History

Larvae parasitise moths of the Plusiidae family.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain with most records coming from south of the Humber.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

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Species profile

Species group:
Flies
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Diptera
Family:
Tachinidae
Records on NatureSpot:
9
First record:
10/07/2013 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
29/09/2023 (Nicholls, David)

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