Ectopsocus briggsi


    A barkfly with conspicuous dark spots on forewings. Males always have wings longer than abdomen (macropterous) but females occur in both long and short-winged (brachypterous) forms.

    Identification difficulty

    Found on the leaves of various trees such as deciduous and evergreen oak.

    When to see it

    This species does overwinter as an adult but is most readily seen in late summer.

    Life History

    Feed on the fungal spores and various microflora on the surface of the leaves.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map