Plecoptera (stoneflies)

Stoneflies are fairly robust invertebrates with narrow, dark wings, long antennae and two stout tail bristles. They fold their wings flat over their bodies when at rest. Stoneflies are common around fast-flowing, upland streams and rivers, but can be found in some still waters. The larvae spend their lives hiding among the gravels and feeding on algae, plants and invertebrates. The adults hatch out, usually in the summer, and do not travel very far from the stream; they are often found on riverside rocks and trees.

Thirty-four species have been recorded in Britain and seven species on Skye.

Copyright: Steve Terry

Leuctra hippopus

Useful links: Riverflies Partnership