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This genus contains several small plant bugs which are mainly associated with trees. The base of the 2nd antennal segment is always pale.
P. cervinus is a very variable species which is usually pale golden-brown, but sometimes may be red-brown or even greenish. The 2nd antennal segment is black at the tip, and the apex of the cuneus dark or reddish. The forewings are rather transparent and covered in pale hairs; they are variably plain or dark marked, as is the scutellum.
Common and widespread throughout the UK, there are several generations per year. Often found on lime, but also hazel, ash and ivy.
Adult: All year, but particularly early autumn.
Length c4 mm
|Adult: Oxon (October 2009) ©Bob Knight
|Adult: north London (October 2007) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult: north London (May 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: north London (October 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult: Berks (September 2009) ©Jonathan Michaelson
|Adult: Lanarks, Scotland (June 2008) ©Wesdigital
||Adult: Yorks (May 2008) ©Joe Botting