Tachinid Fly

Lypha dubia


Body length 4 to 7mm. A hairy tachinid with a brassy abdomen with a patchwork of pale and dark markings. The wing veins are darkened.


Woodland and woodland edge, broadleaved and conifer. The larvae feed in geometrid caterpillars on the tree foliage.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in England, more local in Wales and Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire but uncommon at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

March to June