Spot-winged Otites

Otites guttatus

Description

Body length 5 - 7mm. A grey fly with a reddish stripe on the front of the head, two dark lines on the thorax and clear wings with brown patterning.

Habitat

Woodland edge and scrub, where the adults are thought to feed on honey-dew from aphids. It is not known what the larvae feed on.

Status and distribution

Fairly widespread but local in southern Britain. Uncommon in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to June.