Downland villa bee fly

The downland villa bee fly is an endangered species

This little bee fly really has come back from the brink. Feared extinct during the latter half of the twentieth century, it was rediscovered in the Cotswolds in 2000.

Listed as endangered, the downland villa bee fly can be found in south facing areas of the Commons that have been well grazed by the cattle. It's so rare that it's only been recorded a handful of times in previous decades.

It uses its distinctive bee-like appearance to protect itself from predators. Very little is known about this rare fly, although it's believed to rely on caterpillars of the noctoid moth for food. 

We'd love to hear from you if you've spotted one on the Commons. You can drop us an email or call us on 01452 814213.