Nothochrysa capitata


    Nothochrysa capitata is one of the few orange species in the Green Lacewing family (Chrysopidae). It is a large species with a wing length of 25 mm. It is sometimes known as the Black Lacewing. The creamy coloured mass near the tip of the abdomen of the Sapcote specimen is a spermatophore - a package of sperm passed from the male to the female - (thanks to Colin Plant for this).

    Identification difficulty

    Varied habitats although typically associated with pine but with some records from the tops of oak trees. It may be attracted to light.

    When to see it

    Summer to early autumn.

    UK Status

    Widespread but infrequent and local in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were only 3 validated records for this species according to the 'Checklist of Neuroptera and allies in VC55' published in 2018.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map