Hemerobius micans


One of many similar brown lacewings. Detailed examination is necessary to arrive at a safe id. It has wings which are quite yellow in colour and which have dark dashes on some longitudinal veins, not dots as in some similar species.

Identification difficulty

This species is associated with deciduous trees, especially especially mature oaks, and feeds on aphids.

When to see it

Summer and Autumn.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 18 validated records 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

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Species profile

Species group:
Lacewings & Scorpionflies
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
13/08/2014 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
23/04/2019 (Calow, Graham)

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