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9 mm. This is attractive soldier fly has sexes that are very different in appearance. Both have a shiny green thorax but the female has a blue-green abdomen, sometimes with a violet sheen, and the male has a bronze abdomen. The eyes are covered in dense black hairs, which helps to distinguish it from the similar Sargus solder flies
Inhabits woods, hedgerows, parks and gardens.
The flight period is from May until August.
Larvae feed on decaying organic matter. Adults take nectar from flowers, especially Hogweed.
This species is widespread and common throughout Britain.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland
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