Mycetophila edwardsi

    Description

    This fungus gnat is distinctively marked, but there are other very similar species and careful examination is required for a reliable identification. 

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

    Habitat

    Associated with fungi and most likely to be encountered in well wooded areas.

    When to see it

    Late spring and summer.

    Life History

    The larvae develop in fruiting bodies of large fungi.

    UK Status

    Widespread in the southern half of Britain, but also recorded from Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

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