Epicaecilius pilipennis


A small (around 2 to 3 mm), dark barkfly with both brachypterous (short-winged) and macropterous (long-winged) forms. Macropterous specimens have dark wings which usually have four distinct colourless patches. All forms of the species can readily be distinguished from Valenzuela piceus and other species by the two light patches on the back of the dark brown head (vertex).

Similar Species

Valenzuela piceus.

Identification difficulty

On mature tree trunks, under bark.

UK Status

Uncommon in Britain and Ireland.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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