Cheilosia nigripes

Cheilosia nigripes (Meigen, 1822)

Biology & ecology:

This is a woodland species that occurs on Chalk and limestone. The larval host plant is unknown and there are no obvious pointers to viable possibilities. Males are often noted sunning themselves on sun-lit leaves.

Distribution:

This is a southern English species that is most commonly encountered in Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Dorset, Somerset and Gloucestershire.

Status & conservation:

The number of records submitted remains stable. Recorded from 23 hectads since 1985.

Recorded from 22 hectads since 1990.