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Nysius is a difficult genus and many of the seven UK species are very difficult to identify without reference to a specimen.
N. thymi and N. ericae are particularly difficult to separate. Both species lack a well defined dark ring at the base of the 2nd antennal segment and usually have some dark markings on the wing membrane.
N. ericae is best identified with reference to the male parameres, which are less strongly curved than in N. thymi (see right). In females, the hairs on the wing veins are longer than in N. thymi.
Very widespread and common in habitats with a large component of bare ground.
Adult: ~All year
Length 3.5-4.2 mm
& male parameres: Essex (June 2009) ©Tristan
Kent (August 2009) ©Tristan
Essex (August 2008) ©Tristan
Berks (August 2010) ©Jonanathan
Essex (June 2009) ©Tristan