Lejogaster metallina

    Description

    A small metallic green hoverfly with comparatively large antennae.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Found in all types of open wetland habitats including wet meadows, marshes, fens and flushes (including mildly acidic conditions), especially where Juncus is abundant. Adults are frequently found visiting flowers, Ranunculus being especially favoured, usually close to breeding habitat

    Life History

    Larvae are aquatic and found amongst plant roots just below the water surface in slow flowing situations.

    UK Status

    A widespread and frequent species in suitable localities 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