Plagiognathus arbustorum


Length about 4 mm. Although the ground colour varies from pale olive-green to almost black, the head and front of the pronotum are usually dark, as are the 1st and 2nd antennal segments. The black line along the edge of the hind femur is absolutely distinctive and is present in late instar nymphs also. The spines on the hind tibiae are equal to or longer than the tibial width and generally arise from black spots. The pronotum and forewings are covered in dark hairs.

Identification difficulty

Found on a range of plants, particularly Nettles.

When to see it

Adult: July-October.

UK Status

This extremely common bug is found throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map