Empis stercorea


This species is easily recognised by its pale brown body colour and the black stripe running along the length of its back. The black stripe continues into the orange head and thorax.

Similar Species

Empis aemula is rarer but very similar. In this species the fore tibiae are somewhat darkened.

Identification difficulty

Lush grassy places.

When to see it

April to June.

UK Status

Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland

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

UK Map