Black Compost Fly - Scatopse notata

    Description

    A small (approx. 4 mm) shiny black fly but the underpart of the abdomen is a pale yellow and there is a yellow spot above the wing base. It has distinctive dark wing venation forming a prominent closed cell frame and short untapered antennae.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Associated with compost, refuse heaps and dung.

    When to see it

    Late spring to early autumn seems the best time to see this species.

    Life History

    Larvae feed on decaying organic matter.

    UK Status

    Not well recorded, possibly due to its small size but appears to be widespread in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map