Trimicra pilipes

Alternative names
Erioptera pilipes
Symplecta pilipes

The wings have a dark, brownish appearance, and the legs are hairy.

Identification difficulty

Often around lakes and ponds.

When to see it

It has a short flight period and can be seen in late springtime.

Life History

The larvae live in mud at the edges of ponds/lakes ... in the 'draw-down zone' - the part that gets exposed in the summer ... or at the edge of a reservoir when the water gets used.

UK Status

It is widespread but not well recorded in Britain.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in our area - there are few records from 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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