Macrocera phalerata - Macrocera phalerata
The fungus gnat Macrocera phalerata is a very well marked species. The wings have a pattern of dark shading and macrotrichia on the membrane. The head and thorax are orange and the antennae are exceptionally long (the name 'macro' 'cera' means 'big' 'horns' referring to the long antennae). Detailed examination of specimens is usually necessary in this group to arrive at a species.
Various habitats, often in dampish places and occasionally attracted to light.
May to September.
Macrocera species are sometimes known as Predatory Fungus Gnats because their larvae are predaceous. They spin a web with droplets of acid fluids, which kill their prey (small invertebrates like springtails).
Seems to be widespread and fairly frequent in England and Wales.
Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.
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