Nothochrysa capitata


Nothochrysa capitata is one of the few orange species in the Green Lacewing family (Chrysopidae). It is a large species with a wing length of 25 mm. It is sometimes known as the Black Lacewing. The creamy coloured mass near the tip of the abdomen of the Sapcote specimen is a spermatophore - a package of sperm passed from the male to the female - (thanks to Colin Plant for this).

Photo ID?

Varied habitats although typically associated with pine but with some records from the tops of oak trees. It may be attracted to light.

When to see it

Summer to early autumn.

UK Status

Widespread but infrequent and local in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland – the Sapcote specimen of 12th July 2014 is believed to be the first record for VC55.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map