Banded General - Stratiomys potamida

    Description

    Soldier flies get their name from their bold and bright colours and markings. This is a particularly striking example - looking like a very flat wasp.

    Habitat

    It is a slow and cumbersome flyer, often seen feeding on umbellifers and Bramble in wet and marshy areas.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History

    Its carnivorous larvae are amphibious, feeding in ponds and ditches.

    UK Status

    Fairly common in England and Wales, fewer records from Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Now thought to be fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map