Ptychoptera contaminata


This small and distinctive family only has about seven species in it. The scientific name Ptychoptera refers to their 'folded' wings, i.e., a crease in the wing that can make the wing appear very narrow. The abdomen is mainly black with a small amount of orange, the 'thighs' are also orange in colour. The clear wings have a number of darker dots and these are larger towards the centre of the wings.


Frequents water margins and marshy areas.

When to see it

The adults are to be seen flying from May to October.

Life History

Larvae are aquatic, living in mud and litter in shallow water. They resemble long thin terrestrial 'leather jackets' with long breathing tube tails that extend to the surface of the water.

UK Status

Fairly frequent and widespread in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map