Eupteryx urticae

    Description

    Length 3 mm. This species can be separated from the virtually identical E. cyclops by the fact that the dark, forward-pointing triangle abutting the back middle of the vertex is wider than long and the hind tibiae are dark.

    Identification difficulty

    ID guidance

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

    Recording advice

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

    Habitat

    Usually on nettles, where is almost ubiquitous, but also on other low vegetation.

    When to see it

    Adult: May to November.

    UK Status

    Very common.

    VC55 Status

    Common but under-recorded.

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