Common Green Colonel Oplodontha viridula (Fabricius, 1775)
Oplodontha viridula is one of around 50 UK species of Soldier Flies. Easily mistaken at first for Hoverflies, these often brightly coloured insects are frequently found resting on foliage. Sometimes more often known as the Common Green Colonel, Oplodontha viridula is found near water, with the one photographed being present in good numbers on waterside vegetation at Bevercotes Pit Wood in July 2013.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Oplodontha viridula
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Pauline Bradford. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Netherfield Wildlife Group.

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Updated December 2018

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