Insects Database
 Insects and other Arthropoda
 Thick-headed Flies
 Conops flavipes
 Sicus ferrugineus
 Species overview

 Booklice - BarkfliesPics
 Crane fliesPics
 Moths & ButterfliesPics
 Net-winged insectsPics
 Plant-parasitic HemipteransPics
 Praying MantisesPics
Conops flavipes
Conops flavipes

Conops flavipes
Conops flavipes - Conops (Conops) flavipes - belong to the subgenus "Conops (Conops)", in the order Diptera, the suborder flies (Brachycera), the infraorder Muscomorpha (section: Schizophora; subsection: Acalyptratae), the superfamily Conopoidea, the family Conopidae, the subfamily Conopinae, the tribe Conopini and the genus Conops. Conops melanocephala is a scientific synonym for Conops flavipes. Conops flavipes are common in the European and Asian Palaearctic zone.
Adults reach body lengths of 9 - 13 mm. Their bodies have a blue-black base colour with yellow markings. Their colouration mimics that of their larvae’s host insects.
The head is large, looks swollen up and is dark brown to black in colour. On him there is a short, thick trunk. These insects have a short, thick proboscis. The forehead is yellow at the sides and bears a transparent cyst (the identifying characteristic for all Conopidae). The underside of the female’s face, has a whitish-yellow shimmer with a dark keel. Their compound eyes are large and striking and allow them to see well. The antennae are black with a brown 3rd segment, fan-shaped and stand on humplike black projections which have yellow edges, and (as well as the trunk) the antennae are longer than the head.
The black chest section (thorax) bulges at the shoulders. These bulges are yellow. The triangular scutellum is also yellow. The first abdominal segment also has yellow bulges at the sides. The entire abdomen is yellow and black and is thus wasp-like in appearance. In the females only the 2nd and 3rd segment have a yellow stripe at the rear edges. The 5th and 6th segment look like they are covered with dull yellow dust.
Conops flavipes have a wingspan of about 20 mm. The wings are transparent, brown at their base, long and narrow. The halteres (small knobbed appendages found as a pair in some two winged insects) are a light yellow colour. The legs are yellowish brown to brown with dark rings. The feet (tarsi) are whitish.
Conops flavipes have a life expectancy of 3 - 4 months. Their preferred habitats are open areas with sufficient and varied vegetation. This includes meadows, dry grasslands or roadsides.
Conops flavipes are active during the day and can be observed on flowering plants from June to August in Central Europe, where they feed on pollen and nectar. Their preferred food plants include field scabious (Knautia arvensis), oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) and common daisy (Bellis perennis). The flies are sexually mature after reaching adulthood and mate in April or May.
Fertilized females lay their eggs in flight, on sedentary or slow-flying hosts (bees, bumble bees or wasps). The larvae hatch and burrow into the abdomen of their host animals and feed on their insides until they are completely empty. They pupate and overwinter in the empty skin of the host. During the following spring, 8 - 10 months after hatching from their eggs, the adult flies emerge from the pupae.

Conops (Conops) flavipes
German namesGelbbeinige Dickkopffliege, Dunkle Wespendickkopffliege
Dutch namesZwartgele blaaskop
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758

North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire)))))), Germany, Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland)), South Europe (Italy), West Europe (France, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands)), Central Europe (Czech Republic, Slovakia)
Far East (East Asia (Japan, Korea (South Korea)))

Distribution by Synonymus:
Abrachyglossum andrei   France
CountriesBelgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, South Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesConops flavipes in
Conops flavipes in
Conops flavipes in Wikipedia (English)

Description of images / photos
Photography with Cameras
Nikon D3x, Nikon D300, Canon 50D
Image editing with Photoshop
1. Conops flavipes
Quick search: Conops - Flavipes - Fly - Flies - Insect - Insects
Larvae - Yellow - Black - Brown - Segment - Colour - Host - Dark
Insects, True insects
Winged insects
Wing-folding insects
Holometabolous Insects
True flies, Mosquitoes, Gnats, Flies
Short-horned flies, Muscoid flies, Circular-seamed flies, Flies
Acalyptrate muscoids
Thick-headed Flies, Thick headed flies
Conops flavipes
AuthorLinnaeus, 1758
Abrachyglossum andrei
Conops aterrima
Conops bicincta
Conops hungaricus
Conops jozankeanus
Conops melanocephala
Conops nigrita
 Species overview

German Flag Dunkle Wespendickkopffliege
 Arthropoda (Database)
 Distribution Tree
 New pictures
 Taxonomy Tree
 Unknown insects
 Unknown spiders

New chapters:
Egyptian Locust
Bird grasshoppers
Spanish bee
Kalotermes flavicollis
Stiletto flies
Chrysomya albiceps
Green blowfly
Sphaerophoria rueppelli
White-banded Digger Bee
House mosquito
Discrete Chaperon
Convolvulus Hawk-moth
Villa hottentotta
Eumenes mediterraneus
Andrena morio
Giant Furrow-Bee
Dull-headed Blood-bee

Frequent Queries:
Conops flavipes (43)
conops fly (4)
thick headed flies (2)
Conops Flies (2)
conops insect (2)
Conops Conops flavipes (1)
look for insects thick (1)
conops flavipes vliegtijd (1)
images of conops (1)
conops flavipes larvae (1)