Keroplatus testaceus

CAN member Philip Brighton has had an excellent find in his kitchen at his home in Croft; a beautiful specimen of the fungus gnat Keroplatus testaceus.  This insect is normally confined to old broad-leaved woodlands but Philip thinks that an old rotting logpile may have provided the required habitat.  This is a really exciting find as not only is it a new site and a new county but it perhaps shows the value of gardens for wildlife. Threats are known to include the ‘tidying up’ of woodlands for aesthetic and/or health and safety reasons. The ability for a woodland fly to find suitable conditions in a suburban garden is encouraging.  Please keep your eyes peeled for this animal