Sialis fuliginosa


    One of three similar species of Alder fly. In order to distinguish the three species of Sialis, examination of the external genitalia (males) or anal plates (females) is required, but is relatively easy as no dissection is required.

    Photo ID?

    Sialis fuliginosa seems to be restricted to areas with flowing water.

    When to see it

    Peak time is May and June.

    Life History

    The adults only last long enough to mate and deposit eggs which are laid in large masses on vegetation near to water. After hatching the larva fall into the water where they predate on other small invertebrates. Pupation takes place in debris by the water’s edge after 12 to 24 months, with the adults emerging a few weeks later.

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain but less common and more local than Sialis lutaria.

    VC55 Status

    It seems to be infrequent or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map