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A distinctive species with unique markings on the vertex. The dark, bisected clover-leaf mark can be much more pronounced. The face is largely black, with paler transverse streaks, and irregular brown mottling.
A local species feefing on fine grasses on alkaline (calcareous) heaths. Predominantly in southern and central England, and also north Wales.
Adult: March to October
Length ~3 mm
North Wales (August 2008) ©Joe