Aphrodes makarovi

    Description

    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.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    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.

    Habitat

    The host plants are a range of common species, including Dandelions, Thistles and Nettles.

    When to see it

    Adult: June to October.

    UK Status

    It occurs widely across the UK, but particularly in the south.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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