Macrosiphoniella absinthii

    Description

    Body length of Macrosiphoniella absinthii apterae is 1.7 to 2.5 mm. It is reddish-brown and wax-powdered. It has a black head, antennae, legs, siphunculi and cauda, and a black spot in the centre of the abdomen which is highlighted by a white surround of powdered wax. The siphunculi are very thick and short.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Associated with Artemisia species such as Wormwood.

    When to see it

    Sexual forms (apterous or alate males) occur in autumn.

    Life History

    It feeds on the upper parts of Artemisia absinthium and related species. It is not usually ant attended.

    UK Status

    Status in Britain is difficult to determine due to lack of records.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map