Melanogaster hirtella - Melanogaster hirtella


Wing length 5 to 6 mm. Fairly small and blackish in colour including the antennae. The wings are clear or only slightly shaded. The females often have a shining abdomen.

Photo ID?

Rich marshes and watersides with emergent vegetation.

When to see it

May to mid August peaking late May and June.

Life History

The larvae are aquatic.

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire & Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map