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The Psallus group includes many small bugs (< 6 mm) which are often mottled red, grey or dark brown. The pronotum and forewings are covered in scale like pale hairs and the tibial spines arise from black spots.
Species identification of Psallus based on external features is often difficult and frequently impossible. However, the hostplant can be informative, and may narrow down the range of possibilities.
P. falleni is a late season bug which occurs abundantly on birch across Britain. The cuneus is pale at the base and very narrowly pale at the tip. There are many similar species, but none which use this hostplant.
Length ~4 mm
north London (August 2008) ©Tristan
London (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock