Microchrysa polita (Linnaeus, 1758)
Microchrysa polita is one of around 50 UK species of Soldier Fly (Stratiomyidae) which are easily mistaken for some Hoverflies. These often brightly coloured insects are frequently found resting on foliage. The male is featured in the lower two photographs, which have been kindly contributed by Pauline Bradford. We have recorded this species with increasing regularity in 2016, after making special efforts to look for it and it appears to be widespread in the Mansfield area of Nottinghamshire.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Microchrysa polita
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Pauline Bradford. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Barry Lygo.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2020

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