Line Line
Phaonia fuscata

Rather small fly (6 to 9 millimeters) looking like some other grey Phaonia species. It is hard to tell apart from other Phaonia species. Still it has a few veins with accents and there is a thick black line on the thorax, beginning immediately behind the eyes. Be sure to have an expert confirm your suspicions. The Phaonia genus consists of some 26 species. Of these no less than 24 species live in Holland. Adults of Phaonia fuscata eat nectar mainly, the larvae feed on small insects in leaf litter. A common species especially around the fringes of forests and in parks with lots of trees.