Tachinid Fly

Macquartia grisea


Over all length 7 to 9mm. The most noticeable features in this species are the male's large, bright red eyes. The female has smaller red eyes. The thorax is dull, greyish with some darker stripes and the abdomen is paler, grey/brown.


Woodland edge, hedgerows and meadows. The larvae are thought to feed on the larvae of Chrysolina leaf beetles.

Status and distribution

Records are widely but thinly spread throughout southern Britain, as far north as York. There do not seem to be any previous records for Nottinghamshire. Recorded twice at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to October.