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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. laevis must be confirmed by dissection of males to separate it from several other species.
This species is very widespread, and characteristic of drier hillsides. It is also among the most rapid colonisers of disturbed ground, and found on brownfield sites.
Adult: June to October
Length 3-3.5 mm
(October 2008) ©Joe
|Adult: Huddersfield (June 2009) ©Joe Botting||Nymph:
Leeds (April 2009) ©Joe Botting