Dicyphus errans


    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.

    When to see it

    Adult: mainly June-October.

    Life History

    This is a predatory species.

    UK Status

    This species is widespread and fairly frequent across the UK.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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