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|Psallus cf. flavellus
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.
Length ~4 mm
|Adult: north London (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult female: north London (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock