Hydrophoria lancifer


Over all length 6 - 8mm. The thorax of the male is grey/buff with two broad dark lines that meet at the front but the female is not so well marked. The wings have orange/brown bases and the abdomen is mottled buff and brown and tapers.


Mainly a denizen of wet woodland and can turn up amongst trees, anywhere on the site.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread in southern Britain but much less common further north. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons. The larvae feed in animal dung.

Best time to see

April to August