Physatocheila dumetorum


Length 2.5 to 3 mm. In Physatocheila species, the sides of the pronotum are distinctly down-turned. There are three keels on the pronotum, all of which reach the head. One of three lacebugs in this genus and by far the most common, P. dumetorum is only slightly widened across the middle of the forewings and is smaller than the others. The dark marginal area of the middle of the forewings has predominantly two rows of meshes, rather than three. The tarsi and apical antennal segment are dark.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Can be identified by external structure at 5-10X magnification.

Recording advice

Detailed examination of the specimen is needed to identify the species.


Typically found on lichen covered trees, particularly hawthorn.

When to see it

Adult: All year.

UK Status

Fairly frequent across much of England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
17/08/2012 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
26/03/2023 (Timms, Sue)

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