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.

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

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