Body length 4 - 6mm. A shiny black fly with red eyes and face. The wings are clear with a black tip and narrow black stigma.
A wide variety of habitats are used, the larvae developing in decaying vegetable matter, dung and sometimes bulbs.
Status and distribution
Fairly common and widespread in southern Britain, but rarer in Scotland. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
May to August.