Giant Lacewing - Osmylus fulvicephalus


Identified by its large size (around 25 mm including wing length) and spotted wings.

Identification difficulty

Streamside vegetation, especially in woods.

When to see it

April to August.

Life History

Larva hunts in wet moss and debris.

UK Status

Scattered records from across England and Wales, mainly from the south and west.

VC55 Status

Infrequently recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 9 validated records for this species according to the 'Checklist of Neuroptera and allies in VC55' published in 2018.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map