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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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