Root Fly

Anthomyia pluvialis


Over all length 4mm. There are three very similar species in this genus, A. imbrida, A. pluvialis and A. procellaris. In A. pluvialis the black mark at the base of the wings is divided in two, but one solid mark in the other two species. A. imbrida is a much rarer insect in Britain and not recorded in Nottinghamshire.


Woodland edge, hedgerows, often damp areas where the larvae develop in rotting vegetation. The adults can be seen feeding on flowers, particularly umbellifers.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread in southern Britain. Not often recorded in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to October.