Poecilobothrus nobilitatus


    This is an attractive fly with a lime green thorax. The male has conspicuous white wing tips and is easy to identify, the female lacks these white wing tips. The acrostichal bristles on the thorax are short and in two rows. The first antennal segment has hairs on the dorsal surface.

    Identification difficulty

    It lives in damp places with lush vegetation and is often seen resting on mud or on the water surface.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    Life History

    A mating dance precedes copulation.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in England and Wales, fewer records from Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map