Halesus digitatus


Length 17 to 23 mm. A fairly large caddis with orangey brown wings that have a speckled pattering in the forks between the veins. It is quite similar to H. radiatus, but the patterning does not form such distinctive pale streaks in digitatus.

Similar Species

Halesus radiatus

Identification difficulty

Prefers the shallow slow moving water of small streams and rivers.

When to see it

Late August to November.

Life History

Larval case is constructed of debris and sand grains, usually without sticks.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent 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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