Long-horned Black Legionnaire - Beris geniculata
Like all flies in the Beris genus, this species has six spines at the base of the scutellum. B. geniculata has a black, or dark, abdomen and dark legs with yellow 'knees'.
There are 6 British species in the Beris genus and these can usually be distinguished by the combination of abdomen and leg colours. See our ID Guide to Beris species.
- 6 spines at the base of the scutellum
- black/dark abdomen
- dark legs with yellow 'knees'
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Woodland and often near water.
Quite common and widespread in Britain.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015