Small Fleck-winged Snipe-fly

Rhagio lineola


Wing length 7mm. A small Snipe-fly with clear wings, apart from a strong dark stigma. The thorax is a pale grey and the abdomen orange-brown with darker brown triangles on each segment. The fore and middle femora are yellowish with a dark apical ring.


Damp woodland edge and hedgerows, where the adults sit on leaves, waiting for their prey, smaller flies.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and recorded at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to September.