Tachinid Fly

Exorista rustica


Over all length 7 to 9mm. Mostly grey with darker marking and a buff coloured face.


Woodland edge, hedgerows, scrub and meadows. The adults feeding on flowers, especially thistles and umbellifers. The larvae are mostly parasites of sawfly larvae.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread in England and Wales, rare further north. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to September.