Clouded Wormwood Fly

Oxyna parietina


Over all length 4mm. Has an orange head and grey body and a strong pattern of dark and light patches on its wings.


Grassland and brown-field sites. The larvae develop in Mugwort, Artemesia vulgare, or Wormwood, Artemesia absinthium, where they form a gall in the stems, which shows as a slight swelling.

Status and distribution

Restricted mainly to the southern half of Britain. Quite common on the reserve.

Best time to see

April to August.