Dark-winged Fungus Gnat

Sciara hemerobioides

Description

Over all length 5 - 6mm. The head, thorax, wings and legs are black. The abdomen is bright yellow with black dorsal and ventral lines. The last two photos are of another fungus gnat, possibly Schwenckfeldina carbonara. It is very difficult to ascribe fungus gnats to species.

Habitat

A wide range of habitats are used, where the adults feed on flowers and the larvae feed on fungus and fungal mycelia in compost.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout most of Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

July to August.