Melanogaster hirtella

    Description

    Wing length 5 to 6 mm. Fairly small and blackish in colour including the antennae. The wings are clear or only slightly shaded. The females often have a shining abdomen.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Rich marshes and watersides with emergent vegetation.

    When to see it

    May to mid August peaking late May and June.

    Life History

    The larvae are aquatic.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire & Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map