Wesmaelius nervosus


    This is a fairly small (up to 1 cm) brown lacewing the typical form having a variegated wing pattern. There are other similar species and detailed examination is necessary in order to identify the species. There is also a unicolourous form (melancholica)

    Similar Species

    Wesmaelius subnebulosus is similar and detailed examination is needed to identify the species.

    Identification difficulty

    Often associated with birch.

    When to see it

    Spring to autumn.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were approximately 12 validated records for this species according to the 'Checklist of Neuroptera and allies in VC55' published in 2018.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map