Liancalus virens


Length 7 or 8 mm.  This colourful species is the largest of the dolichopodid or long legged flies in north western Europe.

Identification difficulty

It lives amongst the mosses, liverworts and algae growing under bridges and beside waterfalls and fast running water.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Scattered records from across most of Britain often with a western or coastal bias.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map