Pherbellia schoenherri

Alternative names
Spot-winged Little Snailkiller

A distinctive species whose prominently spotted wings separate it from others within the genus. The thorax and abdomen are grey-brown. The mid-frontal strip (section of the frons containing the ocelli) can reach to the front edge of the frons. Wing length 3.4-4.6mm.

Identification difficulty
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This species can be found in a wide variety of habitats but shows a preference for damp, well-vegetated areas, especially by small bodies of water.

When to see it

Mainly April to October but it can be found in any month of the year.

Life History

The females lay her eggs on the shells of snails in the family Succineidae (amber snails). The resultant larvae live as an internal parasitoid, consuming the host and pupating within the shell. Only one larva may complete its development in each snail.

UK Status

Widespread in Wales and southern and central England. Less common in northern England and Scotland.

VC55 Status

Occasionally recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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