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Downlooker Snipe Fly

A colourful small fly that likes to rest on tree trunks and vegetation looking down towards the ground.



  • Rhagio scolopacea: the downlooker snipe fly

    Post date: Monday, 11 July, 2016 - 20:54

    As a group snipe flies are fairly easy to identity having quite long, thin bodies, long, thin wings and long legs! They can be quite colourful and some are quite large whilst others less so. There are five species of snipe fly commonly seen in Britain although none are actually that common.

    The casual name for this species is the downlooker snipe fly (Rhagio scolopacea) and yes, its preferred point of view is to perch on a tree trunk looking down at the ground! They can be seen as adults in May through until August. Their larvae live in leaf litter and are predatory on very small insects and other life that inhabits leaf litter.


Common Name Downlooker Snipe Fly
Scientific Name Rhagio scolopacea
Species Group Soldier flies and Snipe flies
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The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Notebook Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

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Soldier flies and Snipe flies