Micromus variegatus


Length about 8 mm. Known as a brown lacewing, its wings have several dark brown markings.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance
  • small brown lacewing ~ 8mm
  • only three branches to the radial vein
  • hind wings with three brown marks

It usually lives in dense herbage but is sometimes attracted to lights.

When to see it

Peak time is August.

Life History

Larvae are extremely voracious and feed on both nymphs and adult aphids.

UK Status

Common and widespread throughout most of Britain but becomes more local further north and is quite rare in Scotland.

VC55 Status

Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 43 records for this species according to the 'Checklist of Neuroptera and allies in VC55' published in 2018.

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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