Length about 10 mm. A very bristly blue black tachinid fly with hairy eyes, strong facial-ridge bristles that are downward-pointing, paler tibiae and a blueish cast to the body colour.
Two flight periods - late May/early June and early July to late September.
It is a parasite of moths such as the Yellow Underwing family.
Widespread and fairly frequent in England and Wales.
Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.
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