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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map