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(Stephens 1836) (Stephens 1836) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (McLachlan 1895)
Trichoptera - Leptoceridae Trichoptera - Leptoceridae Trichoptera - Leptoceridae Trichoptera - Leptoceridae Trichoptera - Leptoceridae
Caddis Fly Caddis Fly Caddis Fly Caddis Fly Caddis Fly
Halesus radiatus Halesus radiatus Mystacides azurea Mystacides azurea Stenophylax permistus

Status: Resident in UK.

When Around: August to November.

Habitat: Found by streams, rivers, lakes and garden ponds.

Comment: Fairly common and widely distributed throughout the British Isles. Many caddis flies are attracted to light, and are found in moth traps.

Status: Resident in UK.

When Around: May through to September.

Habitat: Found by streams, rivers, lakes and ponds in Parks and gardens.

Comment: Fairly common and widely distributed through out the British Isles. Being attracted to light, caddis flies are often found in moth traps.

(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus ) (Meigen 1830 ) (Meigen 1830 ) (McLachlan 1895)
Diptera - Tipulidae Diptera - Tipulidae Diptera - Tipulidae Diptera - Tipulidae Trichoptera - Leptoceridae
Tiger Cranefly Tiger Cranefly Marsh, or European Cranefly Marsh, or European Cranefly Caddis Fly
Nephrotoma flavescens Nephrotoma flavescens Nephrotoma flavescens Nephrotoma flavescens Stenophylax permistus

Status: Resident in UK.

When Around: April to September.

Habitat: This Cranefly can be found in a wide variety of open grassy places.

Comment: This species is well distributed and fairly common throughout England, except for the south west, where it appears to be almost absent.  It is scarce and localised in Scotland and Wales, and is only present in two small areas of Ireland.

Status: Resident in UK.

When Around: May to September.

Habitat: Grassy area's, including gardens, meadows, pastures, grassy embankments.

Comment: Found throughout the UK, and is often very common in some places. The larger species of Cranefly are commonly called 'Daddy Longlegs'.

Status: Resident in UK.

When Around: April to June, again from August to November.

Habitat: This Caddis Fly is found by ditches, dykes, wooded streams and marshes. It often comes into garden and parks.

Comment: This species is fairly common and wide spread throughout the British Isles.

(Verall 1869) (Verall 1869) (Preyssler 1791) (Preyssler 1791) (Killington 1935)
Diptera - Bibionidae Diptera - Bibionidae Diptera - Sialidae Diptera - Sialidae Neuroptera - Chrysopidae
St Mark's Fly St Mark's Fly Little Snipe fly Little Snipe fly Green Lacewing
Bibio anglicus Bibio anglicus Chrysopilus asiliformis Chrysopilus asiliformis Chysopa Albolineata

Status: Resident in UK.

When Around: April and May.

Habitat:  These flies inhabit Parks, Gardens, Woodland rides, grass verges etc.

Comment: This small fly is often quite abundant, it looks similar to Bibio hortulanus which flies later in the year. The black male is similar to the St-Mark's fly (Bibio marci), the female is brick coloured, with a black head.

Status: Resident in UK.

When Around: Early summer through to Autumn.

Habitat: Woods, hedgerows, scrubby areas, parks and gardens. Usually seen on foliage.

Comment: Common and wide spread in southern Britain. Further north it is scarcer, and more localised.

        (Killington 1935)
Diptera - Sarcophaginae Diptera - Sarcophaginae Diptera - Sarcophaginae Diptera - Sarcophaginae Neuroptera - Chrysopidae
Sarcophaga ssp. Sarcophaga ssp. Sarcophaga ssp. Sarcophaga ssp. Green Lacewing
        Chysopa Albolineata

Status: Resident in UK.

When Around: Late spring until early autumn.

Habitat: Found in many kinds of places, and are common in flower meadows, woodland rides and clearings.

Comment: Wide spread through out the the UK. They are usually to be found throughout the UK, and are quite common.

Status: Resident in UK.

When Around: Late May, or early June, through the summer until early to late September.

Habitat: Found in parks, gardens, woods and scrubby areas. Where ever there are tree's and shrubs.

Comment: Common some years, and fairly wide spread around the British Isles.

(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)  
Diptera - Sarcophaginae Diptera - Sarcophaginae Megaloptera - Sialidae Megaloptera - Sialidae  
Large Bee fly Large Bee fly Alderfly Alderfly  
Bombylius major. Bombylius major. Sialis lutaria Sialis lutaria  

Status: Resident in UK.

When Around: April to June.

Habitat: Gardens, parks, the fringes of woods and where ever its host species can be found.

Comment: Probably the commonest bee-fly in Britain, Found mainly in southern England, the Midlands, and a few northern counties. It is also recorded from the lowlands of Wales and from southern Scotland.

Status: Resident in UK.

When Around: May and June.

Habitat: Found resting on foliage by slow moving streams and silted pools. No real relationship with Alder, other than the fact it some times rests on Alder leaves.

Comment: Quite common and wide spread over most of Britain, except Ireland where it is only found in one locality.

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