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Neolygus species are green and oval in shape, although less broad than Apolygus. The brown tibial spines arise from black spots and the 2nd antennal segment is longer than the width of the pronotum at the base.
N. contaminatus is distinguished from other Neolygus species by the all green clavus and the long antennae. The 2nd antennal segment is pale throughout.
A widespread and common bug throughout the UK on birch.
Compare: N. viridis, N. populi
Length ~6 mm
|Adult: north London (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: Surrey (July 2008) ©Ashley Wood
||Adult: north London (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
|Nymph: north London (May 2009) ©Tristan Bantock