Limnephilus lunatus


Length 10 to 15 mm. The colouration may vary from pale to dark brown but the distinguishing feature is the dark edged pale 'half moon' on the rear margin of the wing - from whence the Latin 'lunatus'.

Identification difficulty

This is a cosmopolitan species to be found in streams, ponds lakes and marshes.

When to see it

May to November

Life History

The larval case is constructed from leaf fragments, sand grains and other debris.

UK Status

Common and widespread over much of 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

UK Map