Psectra diptera


    This is one of the "brown lacewings".  It is unusual in that it has both a fully winged form and a form with much reduced wings.

    Identification difficulty

    Mainly recorded from grassland with dense and tussocky areas.

    When to see it

    Summer and autumn.

    Life History

    Probably feeds on root aphids.

    UK Status

    Regarded as rare in Britain until the 1980's but has increased in numbers and is now more widespread.

    VC55 Status

    Rare or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland - the Sapcote specimen of 2nd October 2011 is believed to be the first record for VC55.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map