Sialis lutaria

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Sialis lutaria
Sialidae - Sialis sp..JPG
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Megaloptera
Family: Sialidae
Genus: Sialis
Species: S. lutaria
Binomial name
Sialis lutaria
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Hemerobius lutarius Linnaeus, 1758

oviposition on Juncus

Sialis lutaria is a species of alderfly belonging to the order Megaloptera family Sialidae.

This species is mainly present in Austria, Belgium, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Romania and Switzerland.

They have a stocky body with a black or dark brown basic coloration, including head and legs. The wings are greysh, membranous and translucent, with pronounced dark venation. At the rest they are hold roof-like over their body. Adults can reach 20 millimetres (0.79 in) of length and can mostly be encountered from May through June on vegetation near slow-flowing streams or close to ponds.

The adults are bad fliers and never leave the waters where the larvae have developed. The flat larvae reach approximately 17 millimetres (0.67 in). They are aquatic predators of small invertebrates and usually wait for their preys in silt or under stones just emerging from the water. The life cycle in this species lasts about one-two years, but the adults live two-three days only, without feeding.


  • T. T. Macan (1959). A Guide to Freshwater Invertebrate Animals. London: Longmans, Green & Co. 
  • Xingyue Liu, Fumio Hayashi and Ding Yang (2009). "Sialis navasi, a new alderfly species from China (Megaloptera: Sialidae)". Zootaxa 2230: 64–68. 

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