This is an amazing confirmation shared by the Pyrenees National Park (Hautes-Pyrénées) on its Facebook page last Friday.

A National Park warden observed last February quite unusual flies on the corpse of a wild boar in the snow, at an altitude of 1,700 m, since it turns out that it is were so-called "bearded vultures" flies.

This species, named

Thyreophora cynophila

, has the particularity of possessing a very distinctive orange head.

It had been considered extinct since 1836, before its rediscovery in Spain in 2010.

She feeds on rotting carcasses in the snow

"Since 2018, the entomologist Laurent Pelozuelo [de l'université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse] has mobilized environmental actors to research it on the French side of the Pyrenees", explains the National Park.

A first French data had been obtained in Ariège in 2019, then one in 2020.

“The bearded vulture fly is especially active in winter, the cold not seeming to bother its larvae which feed on decaying carcasses in the snow” continues the National Park.

Any observation of the extremely rare species can be shared with Laurent Pelozuelo (


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