As with other flies in the Anthomyiidae family, this genus are thin bodied. They are generally grey and most species have a white stripe running horizontally across the side of the thorax. Several Hylemya species look very similar and can't be identified to species without detailed examination.
Spring / summer
The maggots of most flies in this family feed on vegetative matter, often attacking roots.
Members of this genus are widespread in Britain.
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