This is a cream and black patterned soldier fly, the males have more of the creamy colour on the abdomen than the females. Females of the species can be distinguished from the similar Nemotelus uliginosus female by the shape of the white bars on the frons. In uliginosis they are parallel-sided bars and in notatus they are wedge shaped
Saltmarsh, waste ground and unimproved grassland, but usually coastal.
When to see it
June to early September, peaking in July.
Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain but most records are coastal… NatureSpot.