Dexiosoma caninum

    Description

    This is a tachinid fly - a parisitoid which lays its eggs on other species. It is a long-legged, bristly fly. The abdomen appears banded and varies from greyish to buff and brown.

    Habitat

    It is often seen in woods in Britain sitting on Bracken.

    When to see it

    In summer.

    Life History

    The larvae of this fly are parasitic on the larvae of the Common Cockchafer.

    UK Status

    It has previously been observed mainly in the south of England.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon - this may be the first record for Leicestershire and Rutland. Like many small creatures, this species is probably under-recorded.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map