Rhagio tringarius
Male of Rhagio tringarius
Female of Rhagio tringarius
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Rhagionidae
Genus: Rhagio
R. tringarius
Binomial name
Rhagio tringarius
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Rhagio tripustulatus Szilady, 1934
Leptis goebelii Strobl, 1893
Leptis perezii Gobert, 1877
Leptis perrisii Gobert, 1877
Leptis pandellei Gobert, 1877
Leptis cartereaui Gobert, 1877
Leptis nigriventris Loew, 1869
Leptis cinerea Zetterstedt, 1842
Leptis ephippium Zetterstedt, 1842
Leptis punctatus Loew, 1840
Leptis simplex Meigen, 1838
Rhagio vanellus Fabricius, 1794
Musca vermileo Schrank, 1781
Sylvicola solivagus Harris, 1780
Erax rufus Scopoli, 1763

Rhagio tringarius, common name marsh snipefly, is a species of fly from the family Rhagionidae.[2]


Rhagio tringarius can reach a length of 8–14 millimetres (0.31–0.55 in). The abdomen and the long slender legs are yellow-orange. The patterning on the abdomen is quite variable, but usually it shows black well spaced dorsal triangles. Also the last abdomen tergites are black. Wings are clear, as this fly lacks the dark wing stigma common in the genus Rhagio.[3]


The larvae of this snipefly dwell in the ground, on litter and detritus. They are predatory hunters, feeding on small beetles and earthworms. Adults occur from May to September, usually resting on leaves.

Distribution and habitat

This species is present in most of European countries.[4] It can be found in wet meadows, hedgerows woods and areas with a rich vegetation.


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