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All images on this website have been taken in Leicestershire and Rutland by NatureSpot members. We welcome new contributions - just register and use the Submit Records form to post your photos. Click on any image below to visit the species page. The RED / AMBER / GREEN dots indicate how easy it is to identify the species, particularly from a photo. See our Photo ID page for more information.
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There are 199 British and Irish species of caddisfly of which 3 have only been recorded in Ireland. As at 2013, a total of 119 of these species have been recorded in VC55 (Leicestershire and Rutland). These insects are also called sedgeflies or railflies, they are small moth-like insects, having two pairs of hairy membranous wings. They are closely related to Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) which have scales on their wings.