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Members of this genus can be difficult to identify using structural features, but general coloration and hostplant are often informative.
This species is found widely on Hedge Woundwort Stachys sylvatica. The adults are usually brachypterous and often show a dark spot at the apex of both the corium and the cuneus as in D. epilobii, but the 1st antennal segment is mainly pale and the head has dark markings.
Specific structural characters:
- Length of 3rd antennal segment ≥ head width across eyes
- Hind tibiae rather short
Compare D. pallicornis
Adult: All year, particularly July-September
Length 4.5 mm
north London (April 2008) ©Tristan
|Adult: north London (April 2008) ©Tristan Bantock|