Common Paragus

Paragus haemorrhous


Wing length 3.5 - 4mm. A small black hoverfly, sometimes with some red on the abdomen. The first two segments of the abdomen are slightly waisted and flattened. The face sides and legs are yellow.


Short grassy areas in sheltered, sunny locations. The larvae feed on ground layer aphids.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout Britain. Common and widespread in Nottinghamshire with several records from Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to September.