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The colouration of this species is quite striking and should make it relatively easily identified. Neither image here shows the keel on the vertex, which is an important feature, but the paler midline on the pronotum, the dark arcs on the membrane and the densely hairy forewings are useful characters. More importantly, the very short antennae (especially the 2nd segment) are distinctive.
A relatively rare species that occurs most frequently on white willow. It is associated with wet areas, and overwinters in moss, litter or on conifers. Traditionally known only from the Cambridgeshire-Norfolk area, its range has expanded in recent years.
Adult: All year
Length 4.5-5.5 mm
Lincoln (March 2008) ©Michael
|Adult: west London (July 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult: west London (July 2010) ©Tristan Bantock