This is a snipe fly with a dark 'shade' on the outside of each wing. The female is plumper than the male and has a creamy hairy abdomen. The slimmer males have a hairy brown abdomen, but in both sexes the abdomen hairs can be worn off with age. The tail end of the abdomen is quite pointed and tends to curve underneath the body.
Found in damp shady places, often near woodland or ponds.
Peak from May to July.
It is carnivorous, catching other small creatures that pass its perching spot. The larvae live in leaf mould and are also carnivorous.
Fairly common and widespread in Britain.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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