IdentificationAdult – 5/16"–3/8". Body colour is an alternating black and red
DescriptionThey are common in habitats with large numbers of fly larvae, e.g. decaying fruit or seaweed, compost. The larvae and adults are general predators of small insects and other arthropods, including pests of crops. Eggs laid singly on moist substances and typically develop in 3–19 days. The larvae pass through two stages before reaching adulthood. Adults are most common in spring and early summer.