Black Fungus Gnat

Schwenckfeldina carbonaria


Over all length 3 to 4mm. Shiny black insects with darkened wings. There are very many similar species which are difficult to identify. The pictures possibly show Schwenckfeldina carbonaria.


Damp leaf litter and fungi. The larvae feed in the leaf litter on fungal mycelia and the adults are often seen associated with fungi.

Status and distribution

Many are common and well distributed throughout Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

March to November.