Doratura stylata

    Description

    Length 3 to 4.5 mm. A striking deltocephaline with very short, somewhat metallic wings (macropters occur rarely). The vertex is sharply angled when seen from the side and has three large black spots around the edge. The face is also marked by two dark transverse bands. The female has elongated gonoplacs projecting from the tip of the abdomen, and the male terminal segment has dark spots.  

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    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.
     

    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.

    Habitat

    Found in open grassy areas, often but not always in sandy or calcareous situations.

    When to see it

    Adult: June to October.

    UK Status

    Widespread in England, and also recorded in southern Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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