Downlooker Snipe-fly

Rhagio scolopacea

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  2. Invertebrates
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  4. Downlooker Snipe-fly


Snipe-flies are active predators and can often be found sat head-down on fence posts or sunny tree trunks on the look-out for passing prey. They catch smaller insects in flight, taking them back to their look-out post to eat. The larvae live in soil and leaf litter, and are also predatory. The Downlooker Snipe-fly is the most common species.

How to identify

The Downlooker Snipe-fly is mainly orangey-brown in colour, with dark markings down the length of the body and spots on the wings. There are 15 species of snipe-fly in the UK, which can be very difficult to tell apart.

Where to find it



When to find it

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August

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Species information

Common name
Downlooker Snipe-fly
Latin name
Rhagio scolopacea
Body length: 1.2cm
Conservation status