Photography: Sicus ferrugineus, a thick-faced fly

Sicus ferrugineus

Happy Valley, Croydon, June 2015

Sicus ferrugineus is a thick-faced fly that I found here feeding on a common spotted orchid in a meadow. Its young are parasitic, it lays its eggs on bees.

Set: Broadwater Lake

Broadwater Lake is situated in the Mid-Colne Valley a Sight of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the lake is managed by Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust. This is one of a number of nature reserves in England which is set to be developed for High Speed Rail 2. For more information please follow this link to the Wildlife Trusts’ website.