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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; specimens should be dissected for confirmation.
This species has a strongly elongated head (when viewed in side profile) and the longitundinal stripes on the face are brownish (not black) and sometimes absent. Requires careful separation from S. major and S. fuscovittatus.
By far the most common Stenocranus species, found in diverse grassy habitats as far north as Yorkshire.
Adult: Almost all year
Length 5-6 mm
south London (October 2007) ©Joe
|Adult: Surrey (September 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
south London (September 2007) ©Joe
|Adult: north London (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult: north London (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock