Over all length 8 - 8.5mm. There are two very similar species. In both the males are fully winged and are pale when they first emerge but get darker as they get older. The male Leptopterna dolobrata has the second antennal segment longer than the third and fourth combined. Females are normally partly-winged and have the second antennal segment thiner than the base of the front tibia.
Damp grasslands and meadows where they feed on various species of grasses.
Status and distribution
Common and widespread throughout Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
June to September.