Tetanocera phyllophora

Alternative names
Forest Buff Snailkiller

One of three Tetanocera species with the fore margin of the wing distinctly darkened but the only one without a dark mark on the occiput on the back of the head above the 'neck' and typically with a much paler appearance in the field than T. elata or T. punctifrons (the other two species with the fore margin of the wing distinctly darkened).

Similar Species

Tetanocera elata and Tetanocera punctifrons.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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This is essentially a woodland species, especially damper/humid (though not necessarily wet) woods with base-rich soils and a lush ground flora.

When to see it

Adults can be recorded from May until September.

Life History

The larvae attack terrestrial snails such as Discus Snail.

UK Status

It is local but widespread in Britain and perhaps most frequent in hilly districts of the north and west.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded 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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