Sympherobius elegans

Alternative names
Hemerobius elegans

One of several similar looking ‘brown lacewings’ - detailed examination of specimen is necessary for identification.

Identification difficulty

Associated with deciduous woodland.

When to see it

Summer and autumn.

UK Status

Widespread but local in central and eastern England with a few isolated records in south Wales.  So far it is absent from the rest of Wales and from the West Country, north west England, Scotland and Ireland but is probably under reecorded in these areas.

VC55 Status

Uncommon or under recorded 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


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

UK Map