Hogweed Cheilosia

Cheilosia illustrata


Wing length 8.5 - 10mm. This is a bumblebee mimic with a black and white appearance and an orange tail. The wings have clouds.


Woodland edge and hedgerows. The adults visit umbellifers and the larvae develop in the roots of umbellifers such as Hogweed and Angelica.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout Britain and Nottinghamshire. Regularly seen at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to August.