Green Gem - Microchrysa flavicornis

    Description

    Length 3 to 5 mm. This is a small soldier fly usually has a brilliant green abdomen and thorax with mainly yellow antennae.

    Similar Species

    M. polita - abdomen darker (blackish green) and all-black antennae.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.

    Habitat

    Well vegetated areas.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map