Hilara curtisi

    Description

    Length about 7 mm. One of several similar Hilara species. Hilara curtisi has long bristles on the front metatarsus. Detailed examination is necessary in order to identify to species level.

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    Habitat

    Usually in damp habitats or near to water.

    When to see it

    Summer.

    Life History

    The swollen front tarsi of the males produce silk which the fly uses to wrap prey as a courtship gift for the female.

    UK Status

    Fairly widespread in England but exact status is difficult to determine due to problems of identification.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map