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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