Wesmaelius subnebulosus


    This brown lacewing can be varied in pattern. The chequered wing margins and dark spots help to distinguish it but Wesmaelius nervosus is similar and detailed examination is necessary. There is a unicolourous for (melancholica) which is more frequent in urban areas.

    Similar Species

    Wesmaelius nervosus

    Identification difficulty

    Nettle beds and other dense vegetation, but also in trees.

    When to see it

    It can be seen from March to October.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.  There are at least 32 validated records for this species according to '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