Epicaecilius pilipennis

    Description

    A small (around 2 to 3 mm), dark barkfly with both brachypterous (short-winged) and macropterous (long-winged) forms. Macropterous specimens have dark wings which usually have four distinct colourless patches. All forms of the species can readily be distinguished from Valenzuela piceus and other species by the two light patches on the back of the dark brown head (vertex).

    Similar Species

    Valenzuela piceus.

    Photo ID?
    Habitat

    On mature tree trunks, under bark.

    UK Status

    Uncommon in Britain and Ireland.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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