Gorse Lacebug - Dictyonota strichnocera

    Description

    Length 3.5 to 4.0 mm. Dictyonota species and Kalama tricornis have two rows of meshes at the lateral edges of the forewings and uniformly wide antennae (the 3rd segment is as thick as or thicker than the 4th). In D. strichnocera the antennae are entirely black and lack long hairs.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    On Gorse, although it also occurs on Broom, leading to possible confusion with D. fuliginosa.

    When to see it

    Adult: June-October.

    Life History

    The species overwinters as eggs, nymphs becoming adult in the summer, when mating and egg-laying takes place.

    UK Status

    Fairly common and widespread in the UK.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map