Phaonia subventa/rufiventris


Over all length 7mm. Red-eyes, grey thorax and orange abdomen make this quite a distinctive fly, but, unfortunately, P. subventa and rufiventris are very similar and best distinguished by examination of hairs.


Woodland edge and hedgerows. The larvae feed in decaying organic matter.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout Britain. Common on the reserve.

Best time to see

March to November.