Chartoscirta cincta


3.5 to 4 mm. Distinguished by the antennae, which are of uniform thickness, with the 2nd segment dark. The wing membrane is long (half the length of the corium) and the upper surface lacks long hairs.

Similar Species

Chartoscirta cocksii (distinguished by the antennae - 3rd and 4th segments thicker than the 1st and 2nd; second segment is pale except for the base).

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Antennae of uniform thickness, 2nd segment dark. Wing membrane is long (half the length of the corium). Upper surface lacks long hairs.

Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.


In marshes or at the margins of rivers and lakes.

When to see it

All year. 

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Few records from Leicestershire and Rutland, though possibly under-recorded. 

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

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