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.
It lives in damp places with lush vegetation and is often seen resting on mud or on the water surface.
May to August.
A mating dance precedes copulation.
Common and widespread in England and Wales, fewer records from Scotland.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland
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