Philotarsus picicornis


A medium sized (3.5 to 4 mm) ‘picture-winged’ barkfly. The forewing of both sexes has a characteristic pattern of distinct, well defined, dark patches. Only Philotarsus species have the colourless area at the end of the pterostigma cell.

Identification difficulty

It has been found most frequently on branches of coniferous trees (no records from trunks).

When to see it

Most likely to be encountered in summer.

UK Status

Although quite widespread in England it is infrequent and is described as scarce on the website of the National Barkfly Recording Scheme.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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