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Macropsis scutellata
Family: Cicadellidae

Macropsis is a large and complex group of species which are often difficult to identify. The genus is distinguished by the striations on the pronotum which run diagonally from the corners to the centre of the front margin (parallel to the hind margin in Oncopsis).

M. scutellata
is pale yellow with dark wing veins; the inner margin of the clavus is particularly dark. The dark markings on the pronotum and face are variable, although the two lower dark marks on the face often resemble arrowheads (below left).

It is the only species to be found normally on nettles.
The host plant is often a very useful in this genus.
      

Adult: July to October
Length 5 mm
Macropsis scutellata
Adult: Leics (July 2009) ©David Gould

Macropsis scutellata Macropsis scutellata
Adult: south London (July 2007) ©Joe Botting

Adult: Leics (July 2009) ©David Gould

Macropsis scutellata nymph
Nymph: south London (July 2007) ©Joe Botting