Tachinid Fly

Phania funesta


Over all length 3.5 - 5mm. This is a small black tachinid with some pale markings on the shoulders of the thorax and red eyes.


Woodland edge and hedgerows, sheltered flowery areas. The adults feed from flowers and the larvae are thought to be endoparasites of shieldbugs.

Status and distribution

Mainly restricted to southern England, but not in south-west England or Wales. Not very frequently recorded in Nottinghamshire but regular at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

July to October.