Dolerus aeneus

    Description

    Length 6 to 10 mm. This species is very similar to many others in the genus Dolerus. It is mainly black, with a long pronounced dark 'stigma' on the outer edge of each wing.

    Where the image has not received expert verification, which is necessary to be certain of accuracy in this species, it is highlighted with a red box. For that reason it is only claimed as likely to be this species.

    Identification difficulty
    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.

    Habitat

    Meadows and damp grassland.

    When to see it

    April to July

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map