Little Snipe-fly

Chrysopilus asiliformis

Description

Over all length 4.5 - 6mm. Has a grey-brown body, the male's slim and tapering with bands around the segments, the female's plumper with less obvious banding. The legs are yellow and there is a dark stigma in the wing.

Habitat

Damp areas with lush vegetation. The Lower Path and the Ouse Dyke banks have attracted this species on the reserve.

Status and distribution

Commonest in the south-east of England and only recently discovered on the reserve.

Best time to see

Mid-May to August.