Chrysopa perla


Length: 10 to 12 mm, Wingspan: 25 to 30 mm. This is a blue-green lacewing with black wing veins and extensive black markings on its head and thorax. The second antennal segment is black and it also has a black underside to its abdomen. 

A red box around the image indicates that we think it is likely to be this species but can't be 100% certain.

Similar Species

The other similar species is the supposedly rare Chrysopa dorsalis which is associated with Pine trees. The main distinguishing feature is the pale spot between the eyes - which is roundish in C. perla and more oval in C. dorsalis.

Identification difficulty
ID checklist (your specimen should have all of these features)
  • blue-green with extensive black markings
  • second antennal segment black
  • many cross-veins black
  • black head markings behind the eyes enclose a roundish pale spot
  • tarsal claws toothed at the base
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


Scrubby grassland and woodland edge.

When to see it

All year round hibernating in winter with the peak time being May to August

Life History

The adults feed on flower nectar and are predators of aphids.

UK Status

Common and widespread in most of Britain as far north as southern Scotland.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. At least 70 records have been submitted for this species according to the 'Checklist of Neuroptera and allies in VC55' published in 2018.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map

Species profile

Species group:
Lacewings & Scorpionflies
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
16/06/2006 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
24/06/2023 (Pugh, Dylan)

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