Xanthostigma xanthostigma

Description

The snakeflies in the Raphidiidae family are terrestrial insects that live mainly in the tree canopy. Females can be distinguished from males by the presence of a long ovipositor.

Habitat

Thought to spend most of their time in the tops of trees but can be seen on tree trunks from time to time, especially on Oak.

When to see it

The adults emerge from early May onwards.

Life History

The larvae live on or under loose bark and feed on other insects.

UK Status

Snake Flies seem poorly recorded insects but they are certainly some of the strangest and most difficult to find. This species seems to be widespread and fairly frequently encountered in England at least, with fewer records from elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland is not known but thought to be fairly frequent.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map