Common Green Colonel - Oplodontha viridula

    Alternative names
    Green Colonel

    The Soldier Fly Oplodontha viridula is a variable species, but can often be quite striking in appearance. The colour of the abdomen may vary from lime green to white or orange, but always with a broad black central band.

    Identification difficulty
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    Water margins and often on Reeds or other waterside vegetation.

    When to see it

    June to August

    UK Status

    Local but widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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