Allygus modestus


Length: 6 to 7.5 mm. The UK representatives of this genus are relatively large species having numerous white cross veins and dark dots on the forewings and vertex. This species can be separated from A. mixtus by its generally paler colouration and the presence on the vertex of two narrow black lines running diagonally from ocellus to median.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

This species can be identified from good quality photographs with care but there are similar species that it could be confused with.


Open, deciduous woodlands, especially moist habitats. The adults can be found on various deciduous woody plants.

When to see it

Adult: June to October

Life History

The nymphs feed on grasses.

UK Status

Fairly common across southern Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common but under-recorded. The record of 12.vii.2009 was the first for Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map