Lacewings & Scorpionflies


This group includes a number of very common and frequently encountered insects. However identifying the species isn't obvious for most species. Fortunately there are a few good resources to help with this.

Leicestershire and Rutland Resources

None known.

Other Useful Websites and Publications

internet books
Gloucester Mecopteran - a useful free guide to the three UK species of scorpionflies and how to identify them. A Key to the Adults of British Lacewings and their Allies, Colin Plant - this Aidgap publication from the FSC is the best resource around for this group. A bargain at £8.

If you know of other websites or books that you would recommend, do let us know:

Recording Schemes

As with all records, any submissions you make to NatureSpot will be automatically forwarded to both local and national recording schemes.


Most species require examination of the specimen with a good lens or microscope. Very good photos may be sufficient, for example if they show the top of the genital capsule on male scorpionflies.