Eudasyphora cyanella

    Description

    This shiny green fly gradually become bronze as it ages. As with all muscidae flies, the fourth wing vein (M) bends gently (not sharply) forwards. It has hairy eyes and a white 'collar' on the front of the thorax.

    Similar Species

    Superficially this looks like the 'greenbottle', Lucilia, which is in the Calliphoridae family (blowflies) which have a sharp kink in wing vein M. Also Eudasyphora has a dark stripes extending backwards from the pale front of the thorax and Lucilia doesn't have this.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Sometimes overwinters indoors but often seen sunning itself outside on walls etc.

    When to see it

    Because this fly overwinters it is one of the first to appear each year, remaining with us from March through to October but most common in April and May.

    Life History

    Overwinters in adult stage.

    UK Status

    Fairly common and widespread in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map