Body length 6.5 to 9mm. Very like a Greenbottle, but the frons is also metallic green, not so with a Greenbottle. There are two very similar species, Neomyia cornicina and N. viridescens. N. cornicina has an extra pair of bristles at the front centre of the thorax.
Woodland edge, hedgerows and meadows. The adults can be found basking on leaves or nectaring on flowers, also on carrion and dung. The larvae develop in dung.
Status and distribution
Fairly common and widely distributed throughout Britain. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
March to May - August to October.