Micromus variegatus


Length about 8 mm. Known as a brown lacewing, its wings have several dark brown markings.


It usually lives in dense herbage but is sometimes attracted to lights.

When to see it

Peak time is August.

Life History

Larvae are extremely voracious and feed on both nymphs and adult aphids.

UK Status

Common and widespread throughout most of Britain but becomes more local further north and is quite rare in Scotland.

VC55 Status

Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map