Brown lacewing

Hemerobius species


Over all length 6 to 8mm. Small brown lacewings that have short curved wings. There are several very similar species and detailed examination is needed to get them to species.


Hedgerows and woodland edge amongst deciduous trees. The adults and larvae prey on other insects such as aphids and scale insects.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread in Britain but under recorded. Common in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to October.