Tachinid Fly

Cistogastor globosa

Description

Body length 5 - 8mm. The thorax is light brown towards the head, becoming blacker towards the abdomen. The abdomen is orange with various patterns of black markings. The wings are often held in a vertical plane when the fly is feeding on nectar. There are several similar species which can be difficult to separate.

Habitat

Various habitats where the adults can find nectar, often on umbellifers, the larvae are endoparasites of Bishop's Mitre Shieldbugs.

Status and distribution

Uncommon in Britain, being confined to the south of England. This is the second record for Nottinghamshire.

Best time to see

June to September.