Metylophorus nebulosus


A large (about 6 mm) distinctive barkfly. The forewings of males and females are different. The forewing of the female has an overall medium brown colour with colourless patches and darker brown areas; the male forewing is almost uniformly medium brown.

Identification difficulty

Can be found on various trees and shrubs.

When to see it

Summer and early autumn.

Life History

The species feed on beech, birch, bird cherry, blackthorn, broom, elder, elm, field maple, holm oak, pine, willow, sea buckthorn, spruce, and yew. It also likes to feed on apples.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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Species profile

Species group:
Barklice & Booklice
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
27/07/2014 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
27/07/2014 (Calow, Graham)

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