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UK Nature  > Hoverflies  > Orthonevra nobilis

Scientific Name:   Orthonevra nobilis
Common Name:   N/A

Orthonevra nobilis is easily separated from other three British Orthonevra species by the combination of black legs and elongate 3rd antennal segments. In the field it is smaller than a Chrysogaster or Lejogaster metallina and with a weakly shining bronzy-green and rather shagreened thorax. The recurrent upper outer cross vein that characterises an Orthonevra can just be seen with the naked eye - more easily with a hand lens - and the middle section of the wing has a weak cloud.

O. nobilis is our most frequent Orthonevra, a fairly common species in and around marshes, damp meadows and damp woodland rides and clearings. Adults are particularly fond of umbellifer flowers. Larvae develop in wet, organically-enriched mud, especially that associated with springs and flushes.
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