Common Marsh Hoverfly

Melanogaster hirtella


Body length 5 - 6mm. A small dark hoverfly with a shiny thorax. The antennae are quite small.


Marshlands and water bodies with dense emergent vegetation. The larvae feed on the bases of reed mace and reed sweet-grass.

Status and distribution

Widespread and fairly common throughout Britain. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and recorded twice at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to August.