Brachypalpus laphriformis Diptera Syrphidae

Submitted by BoydBarr on

I am looking for records for B. laphriformis from Scotland.

I have recently recorded this species for the first time in Ballinluig Nr. Pitlochry, Perthshire.

3 specimens so far, first, in malaise trap 13-27 May 2022, second, 7th June 2022,  third, 1st July 2022.

I can see no other records for Scotland within the Literature, however, I have found two other records in Gbif data. The first from NN9848 3622 on 23rd May 2018 recorded by Carl C. Farmer, the second From NN1283 8763 recorded by Ian I. Strachan.

Perhaps these two recorders are members of the forum, I would like to contact them for further details.

If anyone does know of any further records for this species in Scotland I would be grateful to hear from them.

Boyd Barr




I would have wished by now that members of the forum may have responded to my request regarding records for this species in Scotland.

Understand that these may be very limited but with regard to the two recorders that I mention....some members must know details of who they are and able to alert them as to my request regardless of membership of our forum.

I wish to publish a short note in the Dipt. Digest regarding this observation, which I believe is of significance.

Your help is sort and will be appreciated.

Boyd Barr



Hello again Martin,

Your help has been invaluable, Made contact with Ian Strachan, yet to get reply from Carl Farmer. Thank you once again.

Boyd Barr

Hello Boyd

Additional Scottish records include the following: 

KEITH N.A. ALEXANDER 2014 A second Scottish record for Brachypalpus laphriformis (Fallén) (Diptera, Syrphidae) Dipterists Digest 2 21 (1): 76 Syrphidae


GEOFFREY WILKINSON 2010 Cheilosia psilophthalma Becker and Brachypalpus laphriformis (Fallén) (Diptera, Syrphidae) new to Scotland Dipterists Digest 2 17 (2): 165–167 Syrphidae


A third record was posted onto the UK Hoverflies Facebook Group but has not been included on the HRS online maps yet. 07/05/2020 from the Black Isle, Inverness by Paul Johnton. Supported by photographs so a good record; you can find the post by searching through the Facebook Group, if you are a member. Interestingly, the record was from an area of old pine forest so might be worth looking for larvae in rot-holes in broadleaf and pine trees. Seems to be a species that is on the up in Scotland and the same can be said for Mallota cimbiciformis too.



Hope this is of use. 


Kind regards