Platycampus is a small genus of around nine species from the Palaearctic and Nearctic regions. In Britain and Ireland they are represented by one genus.

Within the Nematinae, the Platycampus can be characterised by the following features. The antennal pedicel is at least as broad as it is long. In the forewing the anal cell is divided into a widely separated basal and apical cell and vein 2r-rs is absent from the marginal cell. Vein 2m-cu connects to the submarginal cell 1Rs. The tarsal claws have a long inner tooth.

Larvae feed on the leaves of species in the Betulaceae and Corylaceae.

Species list:

Platycampus luridiventris (Fallén, 1808)


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