Brown S-veined Snailkiller

Elgiva solicita


Over all length 8 to 10mm. Mainly patterned with different shades of brown, the thorax is striped and there are some dark spots and S-vein on the wings.


Wetland habitats including ditches, fens and edges of reed-beds. The larvae feed on aquatic snails.

Status and distribution

Less common than Elgiva cucularia but found across most of England apart from the West Country. Uncommon in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

March to September.