Sylvicola fenestralis

    Description

    Sylvicola fenestralis is a medium sized gnat of 6 to 10 mm length and has well marked wings, dark wing tips, with 3 dark stripes on the top of the thorax.

    Similar Species

    It is very similar to S. cinctus, and can only reliably be separated by genital examination.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Often found near to buildings and also indoors at times. It is also found around sewage beds.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Larvae are found in decaying matter.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map