Eupteryx decemnotata


Length 2 to 3 mm. Without microscopic examination, the vertex pattern is the best identification feature, consisting of three pairs of dark marks, although these are variably fused in some forms. This species is also noticeably smaller than E. melissae.

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.


On the continent this species uses several foodplants, but in the UK it has been mainly found on sage, and thus requires careful separation from the commoner E. melissae.

When to see it

Adult: May to October.

Life History

May overwinter.

UK Status

E. decemnotata was first recorded from the London area in 2002 and is now probably widespread across southern Britain at least.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland but may be increasing in our area.

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

Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
13/08/2009 (Gould, David)
Last record:
01/08/2023 (Nicholls, David)

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