Piesma maculatum

    Description

    Length 2.0 to 3.0 mm. This species is distinguished from Parapiesma quadratum by the shape of the pronotum, which has clearly indented side margins.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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    Habitat

    Disturbed ground and other areas where the host plants occur.

    When to see it

    All year. Adults overwinter, mating in the spring and producing several generations per year.

    Life History

    Feeds on goosefoot and other similar ruderal chenopods and occasionally on spinach and beet.

    UK Status

    Found widely throughout England and Wales, but more commonly in the south.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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