Small Spurwing - Centroptilum luteolum


This species has two tails. The hind wing is very small and strap like with a pointed tip. The thorax area is brown, but the brown of the abdomen is sometimes reduced to a faded greyish shade in parts.

The larva has three tails of equal length and gills that have a pointed tip and look like the shape of beech leaves.

Identification difficulty

Breeds in stony streams and lake margins.

When to see it

April to November.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

UK Map