Over all length 7 to 8mm. A rather dark fly with some lighter markings on the thorax and abdomen, plus some darker stripes. The scutelum has a pale tip, the eyes are red and the face white.
Woodland, woodland edge, hedgerows and scrub. Normally found where there is dense vegetation. The adults sun themselves on leaves or tree trunks. The larvae feed in rotting organic matter, including corpses and dung.
Status and distribution
Fairly common and widespread in Britain, particularly in Wales, less so in Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and recorded at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
April to October.