Dance Fly

Empis tessellata

Description

Body length 9 - 13mm. A large, dark species with a yellow base to the wings. The thorax is striped black and grey and the femurs are black.

Habitat

Woodland edge and hedgerows. Will seek nectar from umbelliferous flowers and also catches other flies. The larvae are also predatory, feeding on small invertebrates in the soil.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in England, Wales and the Scottish lowlands. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to August.