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

Male , Female


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

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map