Tephritis formosa (Loew, 1844)
The often colourful Tephritid Flies are yet another severely under-recorded aspect of Nottinghamshire natural history. Although often noticed by ourselves, we have not done any work or made any identification attempts on these flies until early September 2010, when we specifically began to make the effort. Tephritis formosa is found in a wide range of habitats (including urban gardens) where Sow Thistles grow.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Tephritis formosa
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. NBGRC. Barry Lygo. Natural England - Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI & Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI, Nottinghamshire Saproxylic invertebrate survey, Natural England Field Unit, April-October 2018. 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 January 2021

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