Philotarsus parviceps


This is a barkfly with a reddish-brown or greyish-brown mottled appearance.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

This species has a red ID rating and unless identified by a known expert you must provide a satisfactory explanation of how it was identified for the record to be accepted.


Found on a very wide range of deciduous and evergreen trees, most frequently on branches but occasionally on trunks. It can also be found on heather.

When to see it

July to early October.

UK Status

Widespread and quite common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent 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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