Bury Wildlife

Flies Diptera

Stratiomyidae - Soldier flies

Four-barred Major - Oxycera rara Wetland, wet meadows and marshes, around pools and streams and various other damper areas, often on the leaves of trees. Widespread but local.


Melanostoma scalare (Syphidae);


Cheilosia sp (Syrphidae);


Long-horned Black Legionnaire - Beris geniculata Woodland and often near water common


Chloromyia formosa soldier fly  sexes that are different in appearance the female has a blue-green abdomen,  and the male has a bronze abdomen. Adults take nectar from flowers, especially Hogweed as here common.


Hybos sp? (Hybotidae

Tipulidae - Craneflies

Tipula varipennis

spring-time species - March to June.  Two noticeable dark spots on the leading edge of the wing. Woodland edge and  common.


Ptychoptera contaminata

The abdomen is mainly black with a small amount of orange, the 'thighs' are also orange in colour. The clear wings have a number of darker dots . Found near water.


Limonia nubeculosa  It has patterned wings, a stripy thorax and three bands on the front femora. It also has a looped mark about halfway along the wing


Tiger Cranefly - Nephrotoma flavescens

This cranefly has a yellow and black thorax and yellow abdomen . Adults take nectar and pollen from flowers such as Hogweed. common.


tipula oleracea

Damp grassland but also seen around habitation especially later in its season. Very common.


Tipula vittata

Chrysopa perla lacewing

Hedgerows and well wooded areas. The adults feed on flower nectar and are predators of aphids. common early summer.


Scorpion Fly - Panorpa communis

They feed on dead insects, which they frequently steal from the webs of spiders. Hedgerows, Nettle beds and well wooded areas. common

Scorpionflies - Mecoptera & Lacewings - Neuroptera

Conops quadrifasciatus Local if widespread. Larvae internal parsites of bees on thistle here.


Sicus ferruginous fly .canal 13/07 Adults feed on nectar, larvae are endoparasites of bumble bees. They pupate and overwinter in ther victims. Local rather than common

Conopidae - Thick-headed flies

Micropezidae - Stilt-legged flies

Neria cibaria Long legged predatory fly woodland edges common.

chironomus lurides  none biting midge.


opomyzidae geomyza genus small flies food plant grass.


PSYCHODIDAE owl midge,  The owl midge and moth flies. There are about 80 British species; all very small with hairy, pointed wings


Argyra sp Dolichopodidae


Chaoboridae, commonly known as phantom midges, are a family of fairly common midges  If they eat at all, the adults feed on nectar


sciara hemerobioides fungus knat. Sciaridae is a family of flies, commonly known as dark-winged fungus gnats. Commonly found in moist environments, they are known to be a pest of mushroom farms and are commonly found in household plant pots


Thricops diaphanous fly