Rhypholophus bifurcatus


Wing length 6 to 8.5 mm. The body colour is medium brown the wings are similarly brown tinged when fresh. The legs are predominantly pale brown, the apex sometimes being slightly darker. The top of the thorax has a distinct pair of narrow stripes about the median line, diverging strongly in front around a short median dark stripe.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Preferring calcareous lowland wooded areas, but especially in damp places and near to streams. 

When to see it

August to October.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain, but much less common now than in the 1960s and 1970s.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map

Species profile

Species group:
Craneflies, Gnats & Midges
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
01/10/2022 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
01/10/2022 (Nicholls, David)

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