Orange-legged Boxer

Platycheirus fulviventris


Wing length 6 - 7.5mm.  A very orange species with extensive orange patches on the abdomen and orange legs. The male's front tarsi broaden abruptly. 


Well vegetated ditches and waterside margins especially with Reed Sweet-grass. The larvae feed on aphids.

Status and distribution

Mainly southern and local where it occurs. Not common in Nottinghamshire but recorded regularly at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to September.