Brachypterus urticae


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

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.

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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.

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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