Length 3.0 to3.5 mm. A greenish-yellow species which has a dark spot near the wing tip and black streaks on the apical veins. The apical cells are dusky. Males typically have a red clavus and scutellum and are unmistakeable. Females have a dark transverse band on the face below the eyes.
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.
The host plant is typically Sycamore, but over winter it may be found on a wide range of evergreen vegetation, such as Ivy, Broom, yew and Leyland Cypress.
Adult: mainly September-May.
A recent immigrant to the UK first recorded in 2001 and now widespread.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland but possibly increasing in our area.
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