Lauxaniid Flies

Minettia fasciata

Description

Over all length 3.5 - 4mm. Small flies with a grey thorax and a pale brown abdomen marked with darker stripes. The species are hard to separate and are normally titled Minettia fasciata agg. as there are several very similar species whose biology is not yet well understood.

Habitat

Damp woodland and vegetation along ditch edges. The larvae feed in rotting vegetation, possibly on other micro-organisms.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread in Britain. Occasionally encountered on the reserve.

Best time to see

June to September.