Tachinid Fly

Linnaemya picta


Over all length 8.5 - 11mm. A fairly large, grey tachinid with dark stripes on the thorax and a chequer-board pattern on the abdomen.


Hedgerows and woodland edge. The adults feed on nectar and the larvae are internal parasites of noctuid caterpillars.

Status and distribution

A recent colonist to Britain and mostly confined to the south-east. Not recorded in Nottinghamshire until 2018, but now regular at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to October.