Macrosteles variatus


Length 4 to 4.5 mm. On the vertex, the middle dark marking on each side is missing and the forewings have dark grey-brown patches. 

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

This species can be identified from good quality photographs with care but there are similar species that it could be confused with.


Usually found in woodland. Prefers nettles but may also feed on other plants.

When to see it

Adult: May to October.

UK Status

Widely but sparsely distributed in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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