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A spectacular genus of many common species with beautiful colouration. They are very variable, and the differences between them often subtle; from photographs alone, it may not be possible to identify all to species level.
E. cylops differs from the very similar E. urticae in that the dark, forward-pointing triangle abutting the back middle of the vertex is longer than wide and the hind tibiae are not dark. In a common variation (below right), the vertex markings are fused into a broad Y-shape.
Locally common on nettles in northern parts of Britain, or in very wet conditions further south.
Adult: June to December
Length 3.5-4 mm
|Adult: Inverness-shire (August 2010) ©Joe Botting||Adult: