Short-palped Cranefly

Metalimnobia quadrinotata

Description

Over all length 17 - 21mm. This species has a dark brown thorax with three paler stripes, looking like polished wood. The wings are patterned with one large and three smaller spots. The legs are brown with a pale and a dark ring above the first joint.

Habitat

Damp woodland, associated with fungus and rotting wood.

Status and distribution

Widespread through England and Scotland. Found once on the reserve, along Willow Walk.

Best time to see

April to September