Phylus melanocephalus

Alternative names
Phylus palliceps

Length 4.5-6 mm. Phylus bugs are fairly long and slender. There are three species in the UK, which can be separated with some reliability by the colour of the head and forewings. Host plant is also a useful aid to identification. The forewings of this species vary from yellow to orange-red but the head is usually dark brown or black. Specimens with a pale head were previously thought to be a separate species (Phylus palliceps) but have now been included within Phylus melanocephalus


This species is usually found on Oak

When to see it

Adult: June-August

Life History

Partly predatory

UK Status

It is widespread throughout Britain

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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