Ephemera vulgata


    Adults are 14 to 21 mm long and their wings are spotted. The series of dark triangular marks on the upperside of the abdomen is diagnostic of E. vulgata.


    Ponds, lakes, canals and slow moving water.

    When to see it

    Early summer.

    Life History

    The larvae have mouthparts that look like miniature elephant tusks. They use these tusk like jaws for burrowing in the mud. The large abdominal gills are fringed and used, in part, to create a water current inside the burrow, as a way to maintain a steady flow of oxygen-rich water and food particles.

    UK Status

    Widespread in southern Britain, but may be local.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map