Small Fleck-winged Snipefly

Rhagio lineola

Description

Wing length 7mm. A small Snipefly with clear wings, apart from a strong dark stigma. The thorax is a pale grey and the abdomen orange-brown with darker brown triangles on each segment. The fore and middle femora are yellowish with a dark apical ring.

Habitat

Damp woodland edge and hedgerows, where the adults sit on leaves, waiting for their prey, smaller flies.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and recorded at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to September.