Anthomyiid Fly

Leucophora sp.


Over all length 5 to 7mm. A medium sized grey fly with a protruding face. There are several very similar species, so this fly is a Leucophora sp. possibly cinerea. The second photo is of possibly L. obtusa


The Leucophora genus are parasites of the broods of mining bees, so may be found anywhere that the bees are common.

Status and distribution

Due to the difficulty in separating the species the distribution is not well known, but they are not common insects and seldom recorded. Most records come from the southern half of Britain.

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