Matt-backed Melangyna

Melangyna compositarum/labiatarum


Wing length 6.5 - 8.5mm. This is a very difficult genus to separate into species and these two are best dealt with together. They have a dull, brown thorax and black abdomen with pale yellow markings.


M. labiatarum is a more southerly species of deciduous woodland and M. compositarum is a more northerly species of coniferous woodland. At Netherfield Lagoons the Lower Path's umbellifers attract this species (probably M. labiatarum).

Status and distribution

M. labiatarum is the commonest of the genus and is well distributed across southern Britain. What is presumably this species is very common at Netherfield lagoons.

Best time to see

April to November.