Phylus melanocephalus

    Alternative names
    Phylus palliceps
    Description

    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

    Habitat

    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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