Sturmia bella (Meigen, 1824) 
This Tachinid was new to the UK in 1998 and has since become widely scattered records across the southern-half of the UK, with the NBN Atlas showing records reaching as far north as the Humber Estuary. Sturmia bella is a parasitoid of a number of Nymphalid butterflies and has been blamed as possibly causing a decline in Small Tortoiseshell numbers a few years ago, but this is only speculation and Small Tortoiseshell numbers in Nottinghamshire have increased since.

Nottinghamshire's first record came from Wollaton Park ten years later in 2008 (recorder unknown) with no other records until recorded at Toton in 2019 (Lygo, B.) and twice at Netherfield Lagoons in 2020, when photographed by Peter Smith. Grateful thanks go to Peter, for providing his photographs to illustrate the species.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Sturmia bella   
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Barry Lygo. Peter Smith. Netherfield Wildlife Group.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated September 2020

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