Macrocera vittata

    Description

    A pale brown coloured species, the wings also have a slight brown shading. Detailed examination of specimens is usually necessary in this group to arrive at a species.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Various habitats, mainly in dampish areas.

    When to see it

    May to October.

    Life History

    Macrocera species are sometimes known as Predatory Fungus Gnats because their larvae are predaceous. They spin a web with droplets of acid fluids, which kill their prey (small invertebrates like springtails).

    UK Status

    Widespread and probably fairly frequent in Britain, though not well recorded.

    VC55 Status

    There are few records for Leicestershire and Rutland, but it probably fairly frequent in our area.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map