Conomelus anceps


Length 4 mm. The ground colour of this distinctive planthopper is reddish brown and the wings have dark spots on the veins. It is most commonly brachypterous and in these individuals the forewings are darker at the base and tip. Macropters occur less frequently and have a dark median bar on the forewings.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

This species can be identified from good quality photographs with care but there are similar species that it could be confused with.


In meadows, woodlands and a range of other damp habitats.

When to see it

Adult: May to November.

UK Status

Widespread throughout Britain and a common species in southern Britain at least.

VC55 Status

Not well recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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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