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