Micropterna lateralis


    Length 14 to 18 mm. A fairly large uniformly orange-brown caddis fly with some paler speckling.

    Similar Species

    Micropterna sequax.

    Identification difficulty

    Around ditches and temporary streams.

    When to see it

    Adult: Late May to August. It is attracted to light.

    Life History

    Breeds in ditches and streams that dry up over summer. It lays before the water vanishes and the species passes the summer as newly hatched larvae in the damp bottom.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map