Bibio leucopterus

Description

This is a medium-sized (wing length to 8mm), spring-flying Bibio with very milky-white wings in the male and uniformly dark wings in the female. Dwarf specimens of B. marci can superficially resemble leucopterus in the field, but leucopterus has a unique character in the almost equal-length spurs of the fore tibiae.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

In woodlands and wetlands. 

When to see it

The flight period usually peaks in May.

UK Status

Bibio leucopterus is widespread and locally common, sometimes reaching impressive levels of abundance.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland unknown, probably under recorded.

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Species profile

Species group:
Craneflies, Gnats & Midges
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Diptera
Family:
Bibionidae
Records on NatureSpot:
5
First record:
18/05/2018 (Cooper, Barbara)
Last record:
23/05/2021 (Gould, David)

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