Pinalitus cervinus


Length 4 mm. This genus contains several small plant bugs which are mainly associated with trees. The base of the 2nd antennal segment is always pale. P. cervinus is a very variable species which is usually pale golden-brown, but sometimes may be red-brown or even greenish. The 2nd antennal segment is black at the tip, and the apex of the cuneus dark or reddish. The forewings are rather transparent and covered in pale hairs; they are variably plain or dark marked, as is the scutellum.

Identification difficulty
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This species can be identified with care but there are similar species that it could be confused with.


Often found on Lime, but also Hazel, Ash and Ivy.

When to see it

Adult can be found all year, but particularly early autumn.

Life History

There are several generations per year.

UK Status

Common and widespread throughout the UK though easily overlooked.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire & Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
05/11/2010 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
19/05/2024 (Cann, Alan)

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