Myopa testacea (Linnaeus, 1767)
Thick-headed Flies have certain anatomical features, which apparently suggest they are closely related to hoverflies. Several species are excellent wasp mimics and the larvae of this parasitic family feed internally in bees and wasps. Myopa testacea appears to be an uncommon species in Nottinghamshire, with very few recent records. It has been recorded from Attenborough NR and most recently at Market Warsop Cemetery in April 2017. There are several other similar Myopa species, so identification is not easy without a specimen.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Myopa testacea
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Tim Sexton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Paul and Helen Brock. John and Denise Bingham. Darren Matthews.

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Updated January 2021

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