Common Thistle Cheilosia

Cheilosia proxima


Wing length 6.5 - 8.5mm. This is a medium-sized Cheilosia which is mostly dark but with pale hairs on its abdomen, thorax and face, including the eyes. 


Grasslands and hedgerows where the adults visit umbelifers. The larvae develop on the roots of thistles.

Status and distribution

Mostly a southern species but there are records from the north of Scotland. It is frequent and widespread in the south. Common on the reserve.

Best time to see

May to August.