Hydroptila sparsa


A very small micro caddis that is a dark brown or maroon-brown slightly marked or banded with pale cream. The wings are very narrow, pointed and extremely hairy.

Identification difficulty

Often seen scuttling over waterside rocks and plants.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History

Breeds in still or running water. Larva is naked until final instar when it makes a silken, sausage shaped chamber coated with fine sand grains.

UK Status

Most British records come from central and southern England and from Wales.

VC55 Status

Uncommon or under recorded in VC55 - First records for this species in Leicestershire and Rutland came from Stoneygate in the 1980s but it does not seem to have been recorded again until the Sapcote record in 2011.

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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