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Macrosteles is an extremely difficult and diverse genus, of which many species are impossible to identify without dissection. Most are found in grasslands, and are yellow with darker markings on the vertex and sometimes diffuse darker markings on the wings.
M. horvathi typically has the two uppermost dark bars on the frons slightly separated from the remained, and also fused. However, this can also occur in other species, such as M. sexnotatus. It is probably not possible to identify certainly without dissection.
Locally common in marshy areas and wet grasslands.
Adult: May to October
Length 3-4.5 mm
|Adult male with aedeagus: Merseyside (October 2009) ©Steve Tomlinson