Common Green Colonel - Oplodontha viridula

Alt Name
Green Colonel

The Soldier Fly Oplodontha viridula is a variable species, but can often be quite striking in appearance. The colour of the abdomen may vary from lime green to white or orange, but always with a broad black central band.


Water margins and often on Reeds or other waterside vegetation.

When to see it

June to August

UK Status

Local but widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map