Ectophasia crassipennis

Ectophasia crassipennisEctophasia crassipennis

This species has no common name

Present in most of Europe, this species of parasitic fly was first found in the Channel Islands in 1996 in Guernsey. It has since become more common and is now found in Jersey, Alderney and Sark. It is a large impressive fly, often seen feeding on nectar of flowers, especially apiaceae and asteraceae, and is believed to be a true immigrant to the islands rather than a species which was previously overlooked. Its large compound eyes are reddish and the wings have wide brownish or greyish dots. The larvae are parasitic on various species of Shield Bug.