Zygina angusta

    Description

    Length 3 mm. Zygina is a complex genus of eight species, most with a distinctive red zig-zag pattern. The patterns are variable, and identification can be difficult; care must be taken to look at the right combination of features and microscopic confirmation is necessary in some cases. The scutellum is mostly brown, with the anterior corners and the midline pale. The clavus is distinctly darker than the corium (c.f. Z. flammigera), but this does not separate the species from Z. ordinaria so the only reliable determination is by examination of the internal apodemes. 

    Similar Species

    Zygina flammigera

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Detailed examination of the specimen is needed to identify this species. A photograph alone is not normally sufficient because key features are not obvious and there are one or more similar species.

    Habitat

    Found commonly on various trees.

    When to see it

    Adult: July to May.

    Life History

    Overwinters on evergreens.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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