Dikraneura variata


Length 3 mm.  It is the only species of Dikraneura found in the UK, and can be recognised by the eye shape (significantly longer than high) and position (a line joining the posterior points of the eyes would meet around half-way across the pronotum. Note that both adult and nymph have a slightly swollen base to the final (long) antennal segment. Identification is complicated by a red colour morph, which is particulalry common in overwintering forms, and in which the patterning can be much clearer. 

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Can be identified by external features at 5-10X magnification.

Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


Heaths and other grassy places.

When to see it

Adult: February to October, but sometimes overwintering.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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Species profile

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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
01/03/2020 (Skevington, Mark)
Last record:
01/03/2020 (Skevington, Mark)

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