Anthocoris gallarum-ulmi

Similar Species

A dark bug which may closely resemble some other members of the Anthocoris group. Detailed examination is necessary.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Detailed examination of the specimen is needed to identify this species. A photograph alone is not normally sufficient because key features are not obvious and there are one or more similar species.

Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


Can be found on aphid-galled leaves of Elm species and is a predator of the aphid Eriosoma ulmi. It is also occasionally associated with aphid-leaf galls of Ash, various currant species, Blackthorn and Hawthorn.

When to see it

Adults from mid-April through to autumn.

Life History

Adults thought to overwinter by hibernating under bark scales.

UK Status

This species seems to be widespread in Britain but not well recorded.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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