Macrosteles variatus

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map