Over all length 5 to 7mm. A greyish, beige fly with red eyes. There are two pairs of darker spots on the abdomen.
Woodland edge, hedgerows and scrub. The adults feed on pollen and nectar, the larvae feed in dung, rotting leaves and rotting wood.
Status and distribution
Common and widespread throughout most of England and Wales. Less common and widespread in Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
April to October.