Potato Leafhopper - Eupteryx aurata


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
Recording advice

This species can be identified from good quality photographs with care but there are similar species that it could be confused with.


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


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

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Species profile

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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
28/05/2009 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
16/10/2023 (Smith, Peter)

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