Brachypterus urticae

    Description

    Very small - probably less than 2 mm. A dark beetle with pale legs. It has punctate head, pronotum and elytra.

    Similar Species

    Brachypterus glaber is similar but has dark legs.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Occurs in a wide variety of habitats; woodland, parkland etc. and even the right kind of town centre garden, being dependant on nettles. They can often be found on umbellifers such as Hogweed.

    When to see it

    Summer

    Life History

    Adults and larvae feed on the buds and flowers of nettles.

    UK Status

    Widely distributed and usually common throughout England and Wales, with scattered records from Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 27 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map