A yellowish-orangish fly with dark markings and long, slender legs. Length 10 to 12mm.
The larvae dwell in soil, and like the adults are carnivorous, feeding on other invertebrates.
Seen May to August, in woods and hedgerows, often found resting head-down on tree trunks or vegetation. Common and widespread throughout Britain.
Photographs of Downlooker Snipefly (Rhagio scolopaceus) taken June 2014, woodland margin, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.