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Pilophorus clavatus
Family: Miridae

Pilophorus species are rather active and ant-like bugs, which feed on aphids and have silvery bands on the forewings formed by pale hairs.

In P. clavatus the posterior band is not continuous across the forewings and is displaced forewards in the centre (where it croses the clavus). The pronotum and forewings are also covered in fine hairs.

This species is locally common on sallows (Salix sp) across much of Britain.


Adult: July-October
Length 4.5 mm

Pilophorus clavatus
Adult: north Wales (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Pilophorus clavatus Pilophorus clavatus nymph
Adult: north Wales (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Nymph: Herts (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock