Over all length 8mm. A blue-grey or light brown fly with black markings on the thorax and abdomen. The wings have dark veins and the legs are black.
Woodland edge and hedgerows, scrubland, post industrial sites. The adults can be found sunning themselves on low leaves, while the larvae feed in the soil or moss.
Status and distribution
Fairly common and widespread throughout Britain, and especially well recorded in Wales. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
April to October.