Short-palped Cranefly

Erioconopa trivialis

Description

Over all length 11 - 15mm. A small cranefly with a grey body and thin dark dorsal line. These are a very difficult genus to separate and close views under a microscope are required to make a positive identification.

Habitat

Woodland and damp places where the larvae develop, feeding on decaying leaf litter.

Status and distribution

A fairly common species through most of southern Britain. Occasionally come across at the reserve.

Best time to see

April to October.