Range & Status
Widespread to Yorkshire, but not easily distinguished from the common and familiar E. luniger (Meigen) and may thus have been overlooked. About 20 post-1960 sites known in Britain.
In Cornwall only found on The Lizard at two places in 1981.
Habitat & Ecology
Associated with conifers and heathland. Adults fly May to September, probably doublebrooded; the larvae are associated with aphids.
The loss of heathland and open stands of conifers to intensive forestry and agriculture.
Both Cornish sites are on the Lizard National Nature Reserve.