Body length 5 to 6mm. A small black fly with large reddish eyes which almost meet in the male, long, black legs and brown tinted wings. There are four similar species so care must be taken with identification.
Often found on low foliage, sometimes near water but in a wide range of habitats. The larvae feed on dung and rotting vegetation.
Status and distribution
Fairly common and widespread throughout Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
May to October.