Range & Status
Widespread north to Norfolk and Wales with old records for Scotland. Over half the 20 or so recent records are from the New Forest.
Discovered on Bowithick Bog by Keith Alexander in 1983.
Habitat & Ecology
Occurs as adults between June and August on acid heaths and bogs with open water. The females suck the blood of cattle, horses and man. The larvae are predators of invertebrates in bogs.
Loss of its vulnerable habitat to forestry, draining, water extraction or recreational use.