Dilophus femoratus


A smaller species than D. febrilis (~5mm) with milky-white wings in both sexes. The male has entirely black legs but in the female the fore coxae and femorae are reddish. The female head has a pronounced 'snout' beyond the eyes which allows easy separation from the similar B. humeralis. D. femoratus is widespread and can be common in many areas.

Identification difficulty

Where umbellifers are present, especially in damper areas.

When to see it

It typically peaks in late May and June, somewhat later than febrilis.

UK Status

D. femoratus is widespread and can be fairly frequent in many areas.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Species group:
Craneflies, Gnats & Midges
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
20/05/2017 (Cann, Alan)
Last record:
20/05/2017 (Cann, Alan)

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