Paykullia maculata

    Description

    A small (5 or 6 mm), rather distinctive rhinophorid with a shiny black body with bristly hairs and darkened veins and costal areas in the apical half of the wings.

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    Habitat

    It can occur in a wide variety of habitats, including wetlands, woodlands, post-industrial sites, parks and gardens. It seems to be more strongly associated with shade and trees than other rhinophorids and is known to attack the woodlice Porcellio scaber and Oniscus asellus.

    When to see it

    June to August is probably the peak time.

    UK Status

    It is widespread though somewhat localised (or possibly overlooked) in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map