Macrotylus solitarius

    Description

    Length 5 mm.  A distinctive genus comprising three rather parallel-sided grey-green species, characterised by a dense covering of coarse, dark hairs on the forewings and a striking wing membrane pattern. The tibial spines are fine and inconspicuous. In M. solitarius the 1st antennal segment is pale green and the wing membrane lacks a dark spot, as in M. horvathi.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    On Hedge Woundwort, particularly where it grows at woodland edges.

    When to see it

    Adult: June-August.

    UK Status

    Found locally across much of England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map