Dark-winged Black - Pachygaster atra

Description

One of our five pachygasterine soldierflies - small, black, dumpy species with mouth edge not produced (in contrast to similar looking Nemotelus like N. nigrinus). This is one of only two pachygasterines with the wings darkened at the base. It can be separated from the other one, Eupachygaster tarsalis, by the more globular head and swollen occiput (rim) behind the eyes.

Photo ID?
Habitat

Often found on the foliage of shrubs and trees.

When to see it

Summer and autumn.

Life History

The larvae seem to be typically associated with dead wood (both detached and within living trees but have also been reared from a garden compost heap, decaying vegetation and leaf litter.

UK Status

This is a widespread and locally common species in southern Britain, becoming scarce in northern Britain and Wales. The larvae seem to be typically associated with dead wood (both detached and within living trees but have also been reared from a garden compost heap, decaying vegetation and leaf litter.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map