Xanthodelphax straminea


Length 2.5 to 3.5 mm (macropters ~4 mm). The two UK Xanthodelphax species are distinctive for being entirely yellow-orange or browny-orange (often bright yellow), and are separated by microscopic examination; the differences are quite striking, however, and live specimens can be identified in the field with a 20x lens.  X. straminea has very small parameres, and the gonoplacs are concavo-convex. Both macropters and brachypters  occur.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


A variety of grassland habitats.

When to see it

Adult: June to September.

UK Status

Widespread and sometimes locally common in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map