Order Raphidioptera: The Snakeflies

There are only 4 species of snakefly in Great Britain under one family, and 75 species in the whole of Europe, with around 225 worldwide. They are considered ‘living fossils’, as species from the early Jurassic period (140 millions years ago) resemble modern-day species.

Family: Raphidiidae

Xanthostigma xanthostigma male

Xanthostigma xanthostigma