Ptychoptera albimana - 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