Large Polietes

Polietes lardarius


Over all length 10mm. A black and grey fly with a striped thorax and patches on its abdomen.


Woodland edge and rides, hedgerows. The adults feed on the flowers of Hogweed and Ivy. The larvae feed in cow-pats.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout most of Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to October.