Tachycixius pilosus


    Length 4.5 to 5.5 mm. As in Cixius, this species has three keels on the scutellum, but is distinguished by the presence of dark spots between the veins at the tip of the forewing. There are also usually three short dark stripes along the forewing edge. The colouration of the forewings is very variable, ranging from relatively plain to almost entirely dark; one common form has the forewings dark in the apical third.

    Similar Species

    Distinguished from Cixius nervosa by the presence of dark spots between the veins near to the wing tips.

    Identification difficulty


    On deciduous trees and shrubs.

    When to see it

    Adult: May to July.

    Life History

    The larvae feed at the base of various grasses.

    UK Status

    Fairly common and widely distributed across the UK.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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