Noon Fly

Mesembrina meridiana


Over all length 11 - 12mm. A large, black fly with a yellow face and strong orange wing bases. Normally seen in the late morning or early afternoon, hence its name.


Hedgerows and woodland edges. It likes to bask in sheltered, sunny spots and can be seen feeding on umbellifers. The larvae feed on cow dung.

Status and distribution

It is quite common and well distributed throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Fairly often seen on the reserve.

Best time to see

August to November.