Over all length 10 - 12mm. The wings do not reach the end of the abdomen and the legs are long. The male has plumose antennae.
The larvae are known as bloodworms and are aquatic. the adults can be seen on emergent vegetation but also favour sheltered spots along hedgerows.
Status and distribution
Wide spread though Britain with a concentration in the Midlands. Common on the reserve where they can turn up anywhere.
Best time to see
April to July.