Length 4.5 to 5 mm. The adults are macropterous. Members of this genus can be difficult to identify using structural features, but general coloration and host plant are often informative. The black 1st and 2nd antennal segments, largely black head and pronotum, dark grey forewings and black-spotted green legs are distinctive. Pale forms may have a red first antennal segment like Dicyphus epilobii. However, the mesopleura of are always dark (c.f. pale in Dicyphus epilobii).
Can be seen on a variety of plants such as Hedge Woundwort, Common Nettle, Hemp-nettle and Herb Robert.
Adult: mainly June-October.
This is a predatory species.
This species is widespread and fairly frequent across the UK.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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