Over all length 8mm. A small dark fly with black legs. The hind femorae are swollen and bristly. The eyes are red and touch each other and the thorax is humped.
Woodland edge, hedgerows and reed-beds. The adults prey on small flying insects and the larvae prey on soil invertebrates.
Status and distribution
Fairly common and widespread in Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
June to September.