Bristly Ox-tongue Fly

Tephritis divisa


Over all length 4.5mm. Has a very distinctive black patch on its wings.


Grasslands and brown-field sites where Bristly Ox-tongue - Picris ochioides - can be found. The larvae develop in the flower heads.

Status and distribution

Not recorded in Britain until 2004 but colonising from the south east northwards. Uncommon in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to October.