Picture-winged Snailkiller

Trypetoptera punctulata


Over all length 6 to 7mm. The eyes are red and the head and thorax beige. The wings are stunningly marked in a pattern of black and white.


Scrubby habitats with grassland and shaded areas, woodland edge, rides and brown-field sites. The larvae may feed on slugs rather than snails.

Status and distribution

Widespread and common over most of Britain with a bias towards the south and east. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire but uncommon at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to August.