Broad Centurian - Chloromyia formosa

    Description

    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

    Habitat

    Inhabits woods, hedgerows, parks and gardens.

    When to see it

    The flight period is from May until August.

    Life History

    Larvae feed on decaying organic matter. Adults take nectar from flowers, especially Hogweed.

    UK Status

    This species is widespread and common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map