Mycetophila cingulum


This fungus gnat has an orange thorax and pale legs with long hairs. The wings are distinctively marked, but there are other very similar species and detailed examination is required for a reliable identification. We have to thank Dr Tony Irwin and National expert Peter Chandler for their hard work in identifying this species for us.

Identification difficulty

Associated with the fungus Polyporus squamosus.

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Life History

The legless larvae leap distances up to 20 times their body length. Leaping occurs during the prepupal stage when larvae disperse from the host fungus, Polyporus squamosus to pupate. To achieve this, the larva curls into a tight loop and snaps forward, catapulting itself as much as 15 cm.

UK Status

Widespread and probably fairly frequent in Britain, although it is poorly recorded.

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:
Craneflies, Gnats & Midges
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
13/06/2015 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
13/06/2015 (Calow, Graham)

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