Physocephala rufipes (Fabricius, 1781)
Thick-headed Flies belong to the Conopidae family, but certain anatomical features, suggest that 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. The adults are nectar feeders, regularly visiting flowers. These P. rufipes were found and photographed near Walesby on 25/07/06 (lower photographs) and Sherwood Forest CP in July 2011.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Physocephala rufipes

 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Pauline Bradford. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records).

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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