Microtendipes pedellus


    Length about 6 mm. On the abdomen the first tergite is greenish-white, the second black-brown, the third and fourth again greenish-white with a narrow dark transverse band at the front edge, the fifth to eighth tergites black-brown. At the centre of the wing runs a dark cross band. The thorax is black-brown. The femora of the front legs have two rows of strong bristles directed towards the body.

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    Damp areas and around standing water.

    When to see it

    Adults from early spring.

    Life History

    The aquatic larvae develop in still bodies of water.

    UK Status

    Quite widespread, but little recorded in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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