Potato Leafhopper - Eupteryx aurata

    Description

    Length 3.5-4.5 mm. The typical form is distinctive, with strong dark markings and a pale 'hour-glass' on the top of the forewings; however, the markings can be reduced to little more than a few black spots on the wings. The pronotum always bears two large black spots, and sometimes also two small spots at the front middle. The spots on the vertex are large, and often reach the top of the face and the rear margin. The overall colour is often tinged orange.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Found in low vegetation, especially Nettles and Brambles.

    When to see it

    Adult: May to November.

    UK Status

    A familiar and common species across Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map