Dance Fly

Tachypeza nubila


Over all length 3.5mm. A small predatory species that prefers to run and hide to flying. The head and thorax are dark grey and the abdomen a dark orangey/brown. The legs are light brown with dark rings.


Often seen hunting on trees or wooden structures. The larvae grow under bark or similar habitats where they presumably feed on other small invertebrates.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread in England and Wales, less so in Scotland where it is found in the lowlands. Fairly common but under recorded in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to October.