Thereva nobilitata

    Description

    This fly has a long hairy body with slender legs. The adults are conspicuous with their golden hairs and banded abdomen. The female abdomen in quite pointed.

    Habitat

    Hedgerows and well wooded areas where it can be found resting on vegetation, and is often netted from the foliage of bushes and trees.

    When to see it

    Peak in June and July.

    Life History

    The larvae, look rather like worms and live amongst dead leaves. They eat everything from rotting plants to other insects and worms.

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain and fairly frequent, but not really common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map