Length 5.5-7.5 mm. Aphrodes species generally have a sharply pointed vertex which always has a median keel. They can be very variable with distinct forms occurring in different habitats. Females in particular are often difficult to identify. Aphrodes makarovi was historically regarded as a form of Aphrodes bicinctus but is larger, has pale wing veins and is much more common.
Detailed examination of the specimen is needed to identify this species. A photograph alone is not normally sufficient because key features are not obvious and there are one or more similar species.
The host plants are a range of common species, including Dandelions, Thistles and Nettles.
Adult: June to October.
It occurs widely across the UK, but particularly in the south.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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