Chrysops relictus (Meigen, 1820)
This distinctive fly may be known to many who walk the countyside, especially by it's known tendancy to bite. The green-eyed Chrysops relictus is found in areas of wet heaths, moors and woodlands, with the larva living in damp/wet soil. They are stoutly-built flies, mostly black but with variable yellow-orange bands around the upper part of the abdomen. Both male (upper photographs) and female are illustrated.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Chrysops relictus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Pauline Bradford. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records).

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Updated January 2021

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