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Stenocranus species all have pale brown wings, often with a darker median stripe towards the apex, but they differ in several minor details of the head and forelegs. Separation of some species is difficult, and requires several features to be visible.
This is the most distinctive species and has expanded front tibiae (in males these are also darkened towards the apex). The fore wings are also very dark except for the costal and claval margins. Females are less easily recognised, but the expanded fore tibia is still distinctive. A locally common species in marshy areas in the southern half of England; also known from parts of Wales.
Adult: March, July-October
Length 6-6.5 mm
male: Dorset (September 2009) ©Mark