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Psallus haematodes
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. haematodes is
is one of the few easily recognisable Psallus species. The cuneus is always entirely white and the ground colour is pale and flecked with red or red-brown. Sometimes the upper surface is completely rose-coloured.

A late summer species which is fairly common throughout the UK on sallows.

Adult: July-September
Length ~4 mm

Psallus haematodes
Adult: north Wales (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Psallus haematodes Psallus haematodes
Adult: north Wales (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
Adult: north Wales (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Psallus haematodes Psallus haematodes
Adult: Berks (August 2009) ©Jonathan Michaelson
Adult: Lincs (August 2008) ©Michael Talbot