Sciapus platypterus

Description

Length 6 or 7mm. Sciapus platypterus is one of the family of long-legged flies; the male has white middle tarsi. Members of the family have a metallic look.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

To be seen around hedgerows and on tree trunks.

When to see it

Summer

Life History

Preys on small insects.

UK Status

Widespread, but not particularly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional 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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