Erioptera fuscipennis


Wing length 6 mm. Abdomen is dark grey-brown and the thorax is dark on top but lighter at the sides. The wings lack a discal cell and the veins are hairy. The anal vein runs parallel to the hind wing margin for half of its length. Male genitalia are dark and last tergite in the female is dark.

Similar Species

Erioptera fusculenta looks very similar but has pale male genitalia (dark in E. fuscipennis) and in the female the last tergite is yellow (dark in E. fuscipennis).

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Requires detailed examination.


Found in wet muddy open habitats, often by streams or ditches with trampled edges.

When to see it

Flies May to October.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map

Species profile

Species group:
Craneflies, Gnats & Midges
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
30/04/2022 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
30/04/2022 (Nicholls, David)

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