Platycampus luridiventris

Description

This is the only UK species in this genus. The adult is 7-8mm, dark brown to black with pale legs from just above the 'knees'. The femora are largely black.

Usually recorded in the larval stage. The green larva is about 7 or 8 mm long, and is very flat.

Identification difficulty

Adult Larva

ID guidance
  • stigma and costal vein dark brown
  • vein 2R absent from the forewing
  • anal cell of the forewing has a basal loop (as well as a second loop nearer the wing tip)
  • vein 1mcu and 2mcu of the forewing enter the same cell
Recording advice

Adult: Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.

Habitat

Associated with Alder.

When to see it

The larva can be seen beneath Alder leaves, especially in August and September.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain, though not well recorded.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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MAP KEY:

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

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