Black-horned Gem - Microchrysa polita


    This small soldier fly has a shiny green thorax and the female has a broad abdomen.


    Well wooded areas, hedgerows, gardens, and other well vegetated places.

    When to see it

    March to September.

    Life History

    It breeds in dung, rotting vegetable matter and compost heaps. Adults take flower nectar.

    UK Status

    Widespread and common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map