NEMATOCERA, Psychodomorpha, Anisopodoidea

Number of British species: 3

Size: S

Difficulty: 2


Small to medium sized (4-7 mm), dark coloured Nematocera. Head small and almost spherical; ocelli present; eyes almost holoptic; antenna with 16 simple, uniform segments. Wing clear, with anal lobe. Legs rather sturdy but long, often less dark; coxae elongated; tibiae with apical bristles or spurs.


The larvae usually occur in small groups and are found in moist habitats in rotting or fermenting organic matter, such as underneath the bark or in wood of dead deciduous and coniferous trees, in exuding tree sap, in rot holes filled with organic matter, etc. The adults mainly occur near the larval habitats.


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