Sciapus platypterus


Length 6 or 7mm. Sciapus platypterus is one of the family of long-legged flies; the male has white middle tarsi. Members of the family have a metallic look.

Photo ID?

To be seen around hedgerows and on tree trunks.

When to see it


Life History

Preys on small insects.

UK Status

Widespread, but not particularly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map