Ectopsocus briggsi - Ectopsocus briggsi

Description

A barkfly with conspicuous dark spots on forewings. Males always have wings longer than abdomen (macropterous) but females occur in both long and short-winged (brachypterous) forms.

Habitat

Found on the leaves of various trees such as deciduous and evergreen oak.

When to see it

This species does overwinter as an adult but is most readily seen in late summer.

Life History

Feed on the fungal spores and various microflora on the surface of the leaves.

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map