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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. urticae differs from the virtually identical E. cyclops in that the dark, forward-pointing triangle abutting the back middle of the vertex is wider than long and the hind tibiae are dark. It is almost ubiquitous on nettles, but often found on other low vegetation as well.
Adult: May to November
Length 3 mm
|Adult: north Wales (June 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: north London (April
2008) ©Tristan Bantock
south London (August
|Adult: south London (April 2010) ©Sarah Barnes||Adult: Merseyside (September 2009) ©Steve Tomlinson|