Ptychoptera albimana

    Description

    A distinctive orange and black insect which was previously grouped with the craneflies. The pale hind tarsi are unique within UK members of the genus.

    Habitat

    Damp grassy places

    When to see it

    Most often seen between spring and autumn

    Life History

    The female lays over 500 eggs. Larvae feed on decaying organic matter.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread over much of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map