Dolichopus popularis


This species is typical of the genus where males have very large genitalia tucked under the abdomen and it typically rests with its front end raised - like a begging dog. Most species in the genus also have a brassy gold sheen. D. popularis has a wholly yellow hind tibia and the hind metatarsus is also mainly yellow. Males also have dark bristles at the tip of the mid tibia.

Similar Species

Other Dolichopus species. It is generally necessary to key a specimen to reach a firm species identification.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Include a photo and if not identified by a recognised expert then explain how you identified it and the key features observed.


Damp habitats, wet grassland, woodland edge, scrub and hedgerows.

When to see it

May to August peaking in June and July.

UK Status

Quite common and widespread throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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Species profile

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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
07/06/2010 (Woodward, Steve)
Last record:
07/06/2010 (Woodward, Steve)

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