Snow Flea - Boreus hyemalis

    Alt Name
    Snow Scorpionfly

    It is not a flea, nor as small as a flea (about 4 mm long). This bizarre creature has long legs, vestigial wings and a head with a long, downward projecting beak (which has biting mouthparts at the end).

    Identification difficulty

    Mossy places.

    When to see it

    Unlikely as it sounds, this is an insect that seems to thrive in cold conditions and can be observed hopping about in the snow.

    Life History

    It lives in moss.

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain but uncommon or under recorded.

    VC55 Status

    This is possibly only the second record for Leicestershire and Rutland, although the species may be under recorded in our area. The first record came from Swithland Wood (28 August 1949).

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map