Loxocera albiseta

Description

Loxocera albiseta is very similar to some other members of the genus. It can be distinguished by examination of the specimen or very detailed images, because Loxocera albiseta has an all-yellow face, and just a small triangular patch of short white hairs below the eye.  When images are likely to be this species, but cannot be confirmed with certainty they have been placed in a pink box.

Similar Species

Loxocera fulviventris has a mostly black face. Loxocera aristata has a black face with a long shimmering stripe of pale hairs running from the eye to the mouth. Loxocera sylvatica has yellow shoulders, so is more easily distinguished.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Associated with Juncus species such as Soft-rush and occurring where Juncus species are present.

When to see it

Summer and autumn.

Life History

Larvae feed on Juncus species.

UK Status

Seems to be widespread and fairly frequent in England and Wales although difficulty of identification makes exact status difficult to determine.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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Species profile

Species group:
Flies
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Diptera
Family:
Psilidae
Records on NatureSpot:
2
First record:
18/08/2016 (Gould, David)
Last record:
04/09/2016 (Gould, David)

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