A very small, blackish beetle (about 2 mm).
Brachypterus urticae is equally common and very similar but has pale legs.
Found on Common Nettle, especially when flowering. It may also turn up occasionally on umbel flowers.
May to August.
Widespread and frequent in England and Wales.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 39 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
Enter a town or village to see local records
Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015