Empis livida


Length about 9 mm. The abdomen is brownish, the male's wings appear faintly brown and clouded, whilst the female's wings are clear.


Usually found around hedgerows where they nectar on various species as well as taking other insects.

When to see it

Adults fly in between April to July.

Life History

The larvae are also carnivorous and live in damp soil and leaf litter.

UK Status

Fairly common and widespread in England and Wales, fewer records from Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map