Tachinid Fly

Siphona cristata


Over all length 4.5 to 5mm. A small brown tachinid with some darker markings and red eyes.


Woodland edge, hedgerows and meadows. The adults feed on nectar and the larvae are endoparasites in caterpillars of noctuid moths.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread throughout Britain. Recorded in Nottinghamshire and regular at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to October.