Chrysopilus cristatus

    Description

    This is a snipe fly with a dark 'shade' on the outside of each wing. The female is plumper than the male and has a creamy hairy abdomen. The slimmer males have a hairy brown abdomen, but in both sexes the abdomen hairs can be worn off with age. The tail end of the abdomen is quite pointed and tends to curve underneath the body.

    Habitat

    Found in damp shady places, often near woodland or ponds.

    When to see it

    Peak from May to July.

    Life History

    It is carnivorous, catching other small creatures that pass its perching spot. The larvae live in leaf mould and are also carnivorous.

    UK Status

    Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map