Empoasca decipiens


Length 3.5 to 4 mm. To the naked eye it appears homogeneously green. There are, however, whitish markings on the vertex and pronotum, in a generally radiating pattern that is common to all three UK Empoasca species. It is easily distinguished from E. vitis by the absence of a clear strip along the forewings (not to be confused with the bluish ellipse at the wing edge, common to both). However, separation from E. pteridis, (known only in the UK from Jersey and the Chelsea Physic Garden) requires examination of microscopic characters.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

This species can be identified from good quality photographs with care but there are similar species that it could be confused with.


In low vegetation.

When to see it

Adult: June to December.

UK Status

A widespread and fairly common species in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map