Cynomya mortuorum


Body length of 8 to 15 mm. It is a deep blue-green shining metallic fly with a yellowish face and jowls which help to identify it.

Identification difficulty

Lives on woodland edges, meadows, and other places with flowers.

When to see it

From May to September

Life History

It lays its eggs on carrion, which provides food for the larvae. The adults feed on pollen.

UK Status

Scattered but widespread records from across Britain.

VC55 Status

Appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map