Body length 6.5 to 9mm. The thorax and abdomen are grey-brown and the eyes red. The legs are dull orange and there are orange patches at the base of the wings.
Woodland edge, hedgerows and scrubland. The larvae feed on micro-organisms in rotting vegetation, dung, fungi or carrion.
Status and distribution
Fairly common and widely distributed throughout Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
April to July