Myopa testacea

Alt Name
Plain-winged Spring Beegrabber

This is the most common of the Myopa species in Britain. The thorax of this species is black, not red in front of the scutellum.


Often seen on the catkins and flowers that attract solitary spring breeding bees which they are thought to parasitize.

When to see it

Myopa species may emerge as early as April.

Life History

Suspected of parasitizing spring breeding solitary bees.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in the southern half of Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map