Species details

Cheilosia barbata Loew, 1857


Very little is known about the biology of this species. The larva is undescribed. Adults occur on Chalk downs or in woodlands on clay, or occasionally on sandy soils, as in Surrey where they visit a wide range of white and yellow flowers including most white umbels and Wild Parsnip Pastinaca sativa.


Mainly recorded from southern downland extending from Kent, through Surrey and Sussex to Hampshire, and in woodlands on the clay through Oxfordshire to Warwickshire. There is also a small population on Chalk in Cambridgeshire.


Lower Risk (Nationally scarce) - Ball & Morris, 2010. Notable - Falk, 1991.