Zygina flammigera

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. Females may not be identifiable. Z. flammigera is the most common species in the UK. It is recognised by the entirely brown scutellum and the unshaded area of the clavus between the red lines - the clavus is the same colour as the corium (c.f. Z. angusta). In males the apical tarsal segment and the apical half of the middle segment are darkened.

Similar Species

Zygina angusta

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 on a wide range of deciduous trees, and often on other plants as well.

When to see it

Adult: All year.

Life History

Overwinters on evergreens.

UK Status

Occasional but widespread in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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