Limnophila schranki

Alternative names
Broad-winged Mottled Longneck

Wing length 10-13 mm. The peppered wing pattern is variable  and can be quite pale. The top of the femora are yellow fading into the darker basal half. The top of the thorax has a  broad central dark stripe, plus side stripes. The abdomen is grey with a dark bar on each segment.

Similar Species

Limnophila pictipennis has a similar wing pattern but the yellow on the femora stops abruptly with a black basal band.

Identification difficulty

Streams, woods and well vegetated damp places.

When to see it

April and May.

Life History

The larvae live in marshy places.

UK Status

Widespread but rather local in Britain.

VC55 Status

Local and rather infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Species group:
Craneflies, Gnats & Midges
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
15/04/2014 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
30/04/2023 (Nicholls, David)

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