Black Lacewing Nothochrysa capitata (Fabricius, 1793)
Belonging to the order Neuroptera, Lacewings are common insects. Many lacewing larvae adorn themselves with the skins of their Aphid prey, which makes them quite easy to spot when purposefully looked for on the trunks of trees in early Spring and Summer. The adults are commonly disturbed during the day time from foliage, and are regularly attracted to outside lights. Nothochrysa capitata (sometimes known as the Black Lacewing) seems to be an uncommon species, but one which we turned up twice in 2011. This adult from Budby South Forest is probably the first documented record at Sherwood Forest NNR for many years.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Nothochrysa capitata
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton.

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Updated October 2017

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