Black-horned Gem - Microchrysa polita


This small soldier fly has a shiny green thorax and the female has a broad abdomen.


Well wooded areas, hedgerows, gardens, and other well vegetated places.

When to see it

March to September.

Life History

It breeds in dung, rotting vegetable matter and compost heaps. Adults take flower nectar.

UK Status

Widespread and common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map