Willowsia platani


    Variable pattern of pigmented bands and spots on the dorsal side. 

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • Leaf-shaped scales.
    • The mucro has two teeth and there is a spatulate tenant seta.
    • The empodium is about two-thirds the length of the claw.
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.


    Resistant to desiccation and is found under bark, in bird nests and in buildings.

    When to see it

    All year round

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map