Mottled Thistle Fly

Xyphosia miliaria


Over all length 5 - 8mm. An orange-brown species with stiff bristles on its thorax. The eyes are reddish, shading to bright green and the wings have an orange cast and are marked with black.


Meadows with thistles, hedgerows and woodland edge. The larvae feed in the flower-heads of thistles.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and distributed evenly throughout Britain. Regularly seen at the reserve.

Best time to see

May to September.