Wing length 3.5 - 5mm. A small species with a waisted abdomen, swollen hind femora, long, third antennal segment and two clouded cross-veins. Often flies close to ground feeding from ground-hugging flowers.
Woodland edge, hedgerows and marshes. Anywhere with luxuriant vegetative growth. The larvae have been found in animal manure.
Status and distribution
Common and well distributed in Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
April to November.