Dicyphus epilobii

    Description

    Length 4 to 5 mm. Members of this genus can be difficult to identify using structural features, but general coloration and host plant are often informative. Dicyphus epilobii has a green overall colour, broad head, weak pattern between eyes, dark eyes, no central stripe in the back of the head and green 'collar'. The adults are always macropterous and often show a dark spot at the apex of both the corium and the cuneus. The red basal antennal segments are distinctive but can also occur in pale forms of D. errans which can also have a red first antennal segment. However the mesopleura of Dicyphus epilobii are entirely pale (c.f. dark in D. errans).  

    Habitat

    On Great Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum).

    When to see it

    Adult: mainly July-October.

    UK Status

    This species is common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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