This fly has a long hairy body with slender legs. The adults are conspicuous with their golden hairs and banded abdomen. The female abdomen in quite pointed.
Hedgerows and well wooded areas where it can be found resting on vegetation, and is often netted from the foliage of bushes and trees.
When to see it
Peak in June and July.
The larvae, look rather like worms and live amongst dead leaves. They eat everything from rotting plants to other insects and worms.
Widespread in Britain and fairly frequent, but not really common.