Empis livida


    Length about 9 mm. The abdomen is brownish, the male's wings appear faintly brown and clouded, whilst the female's wings are clear.


    Usually found around hedgerows where they nectar on various species as well as taking other insects.

    When to see it

    Adults fly in between April to July.

    Life History

    The larvae are also carnivorous and live in damp soil and leaf litter.

    UK Status

    Fairly common and widespread in England and Wales, fewer records from Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map