Syn. Phaenicia sericata. It is 10 to 14 mm long, slightly larger than a house fly, and has brilliant, metallic, blue-green or golden coloration with black markings. It has short, sparse black bristles (setae) and three cross-grooves on the thorax. The wings are clear with light brown veins, and the legs and antennae are black.
Larvae found on decomposing tissue. Adult flies are common pests found near garbage, feces, and rotting materials.