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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