Order Raphidioptera – Snakeflies


4 UK species, 4 genera, 1 family. There are 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.


Xanthostigma xanthostigma male
Small Snakefly
Xanthostigma xanthostigma