Brachypterus glaber


A very small, blackish beetle (about 2 mm).

Similar Species

Brachypterus urticae is equally common and very similar but has pale legs.

Identification difficulty

Found on Common Nettle, especially when flowering. It may also turn up occasionally on umbel flowers.

When to see it

May to August.

UK Status

Widespread and frequent in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 39 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map