Nysius ericae

    Description

    Length 3.5 to 4.5 mm.  Nysius is a difficult genus and many of the seven UK species are very difficult to identify without reference to a specimen. N. thymi and N. ericae are particularly difficult to separate. Both species lack a well-defined dark ring at the base of the 2nd antennal segment and usually have some dark markings on the wing membrane.  N. ericae is best identified with reference to the male genitalia. In females, the hairs on the wing veins are longer than in N. thymi.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Habitats with a large component of bare ground.

    When to see it

    Adults occur all year round but are most often recorded in summer.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map