Mystacides longicornis


Length 6 to 9 mm. This caddisfly is easy to identify due to its patterned wings. It has very long antennae and red eyes.  The typical form has a striking pattern of brown and yellow shaded bars, but there is a less common variety which is a plain yellow form.

Identification difficulty

Ponds, lakes, rivers and canals.

When to see it

Between May and September.

Life History

The larval case is made of small stones and sand grains.

UK Status

Common species widespread in 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

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