Dicyphus escalerae

    Description

    The rather coarse black pubescence arising from black spots on the dorsal surface helps to distinguish it from other UK Dicyphus species.

    Habitat

    On Snap-dragon (Antirrhinum majus).

    When to see it

    UK sightings have fallen between March and November so far, but adults and nymphs overwinter so it can be seen outside this range.

    Life History

    This bug seems to feed exclusively on Antirrhinums, using all parts of the plant, especially the flower spikes. It causes obvious feeding damage of white or yellow flecks when numbers are sufficient. Nymphs have only been seen on Antirrhinum majus but the adults show some dispersal to form new colonies and so may also be encountered elsewhere.

    UK Status

    This Mirid bug has been spreading out across Europe from its original Western-Mediterranean range, probably with the help of cultivated Snap-dragons moving through the horticultural trade. It was first seen in the UK in 2007 and has already been found at numerous different sites across the country.

    VC55 Status

    Still infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map