Three-spotted Flutter Fly

Palloptera trimaculata


Over all length 5mm. One of several similar flies with orange bodies and dark marks on their wings. This species has three marks.


Well vegetated woodland edge and hedgerows. The adults can be seen feeding from umbellifers such as Hogweed. The larvae develop inside the stems of these plants.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread in southern Britain. Less common further north. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to September.