Small Silver Sedge - Lepidostoma hirtum


Forewing length 6 to 9 mm. Basal antennal segment is longer than the head and bears long hairs. The male has broad scales on the forewing.

Identification difficulty

Rivers, streams and stony lakes.

When to see it

June to September.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent, particularly in the north and the west of Britain.

VC55 Status

It seems to be uncommon or under recorded as an adult in Leicestershire and Rutland There are widespread larval records for VC55 but few previous adult records – Rivers Lin, Chater & Gwash in 1986 and Grand Union Canal Loughborough 2012.

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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