Body length 4 to 5mm. Small orange or green flies with swollen hind femora. The eyes can be bright metallic green and the thorax and abdomen have darker markings. The pictures possibly show Meromyza femorata.
Grassland and meadows. The larvae bore into grass stems and the adults feed on nectar.
Status and distribution
Fairly common and widespread in southern Britain. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
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