Conosanus obsoletus


Length: 5 to 6 mm. The vertex normally four dark marks in a V-shape pointing toward the tip, although these are not always present or may be supplemented by further small dots. The forewings have a variable-strength pattern of irregular dark dots, often forming streaks parallel to the veins. The male fore-wings are slightly longer than the abdomen, those of the female somewhat shorter than the abdomen. Females have a tooth on the underside of the 7th abdominal sternum.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Detailed examination of the specimen is needed to identify this species. A photograph alone is not normally sufficient because key features are not obvious and there are one or more similar species.


Damp places with rushes.

When to see it

Adult: July to October.

UK Status

Widespread and common in the right habitat.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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