Phaonia palpata

Description

Length 6 to 8 mm. It has 3 pairs of dorso-central bristles behind the thoracic suture line and unusually large palps.

Identification difficulty
ID checklist (your specimen should have all of these features)
  • palps flattened
  • 2+1 sternopleurals
  • acrostichas 0+1
  • dorsocentrals 2+3
  • black femur, red/yellow tibia
  • front tibia with median posterior bristle
Habitat

Found in various habitats but may favour damper, well vegetated areas and woodland.

When to see it

April to November

Life History

Larvae have been found in rotting wood.

UK Status

Widespread in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Species profile

Species group:
Flies
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Diptera
Family:
Muscidae
Records on NatureSpot:
3
First record:
02/05/2014 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
07/06/2024 (Nicholls, David)

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