Idiocerus lituratus


Length 5.5 to 6.5 mm.  Leafhoppers in the Idiocerinae are large and often highly patterned, with a very broad, short vertex. The group is large and often very difficult to identify. I. lituratus is one of several mottled brown species that do not have a distinct pale band towards the apical end of the forewing. Unlike the others, the face is entirely pale, with black thyridia. The scutellum is distinctly wider than long, with tall basal triangles. Males have antennal palettes.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Detailed examination of the specimen is needed to identify this species. A photograph alone is not normally sufficient because key features are not obvious and there are one or more similar species.

Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.


Associated with various willows.

When to see it

Adult: July to November.

UK Status

Relatively common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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