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

Photo ID?

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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map