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.
Nettle beds and other dense vegetation, but also in trees.
It can be seen from March to October.
Common and widespread in Britain.
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
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