Macustus grisescens


Length 5 to 6 mm. A medium-sized brownish species in which the vertex has two dark transverse bands. The forewing edge and veins are pale and the tips of the apical cells often darkened. In males the wings are as long as the abdomen; in females they reach about two-thirds of its length. There is a noticeable dark mark behind the eye.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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.


Found in a variety of grassland habitats.

When to see it

Adult: May to September.

UK Status

Widespread and quite common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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