Ensign Fly

Nemopoda nitidula


Over all length 4.5 to 6mm. A small, black, ant-like fly that displays on a leaf by flicking its wings. The eyes are red and the wings have a slight grey tint towards the leading edge and tip. The genus is very difficult to identify. The photo is probably of Nemopoda nitidula.


Woodland edge and hedgerows. The larvae feed in dung and fungi.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to September.