Doratura stylata


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
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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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
31/07/2020 (Timms, Sue)
Last record:
28/07/2023 (Cann, Alan)

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