Iridescent centurion - Sargus iridatus

    Description

    Length 6 to 12 mm. The sexes of this soldier fly are similar in appearance, but the female is slightly broader at the hind end. The body is an iridescent deep blue and the wings are uniformly smoky.

    Habitat

    Various habitats.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    Life History

    Breeds in dung, often cow dung.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map