Common Buff Snailkiller

Tetanocera ferruginea


Over all length 6mm. A reddish species, with orange legs and head. The eyes are red and the thorax has darker red stripes along it.


The edges of marshy pools and bogs where the adults are often seen on the emergent vegetation. The larvae parasitize snails.

Status and distribution

One of the commoner species, especially in the west of Britain.

Best time to see

June to September.