Plagiognathus chrysanthemi

Description

Length about 3.5 mm. A fairly small greenish bug with a dense covering of dark hairs on the upper surface. The tibial spines are dark and set in black spots; the hind femora are pale but also dark-spotted. The antennal pattern is characteristic.

Similar Species

Camplyomma annuilcorne, Plagiognathus arbustorum.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Habitat

Can be found on a range of plants such as Ragwort and Yarrow. It is particularly common in dry grasslands and wastelands.

When to see it

Adult: June to October.

UK Status

A very common bug found throughout the UK.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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MAP KEY:

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

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