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Psallus cf. flavellus
Family: Miridae

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. flavellus is a rather orange-red species which is fairly common on ash across the UK. Identification is complex and ideally requires microscopic examination.

Adult: June-July
Length ~4 mm

Psallus flavellus
Adult: north London (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock


Psallus flavellus


Adult female: north London (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock