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(formerly Aphrodes bifasciatus)
Aphrodes species generally have a sharply pointed vertex which always has a median keel. They can be very variable with distinct forms occuring in different habitats. Females in particular are often difficult to identify.
Although this species is fairly distinctive, care should be taken to separate it from P. trifasciatus. The markings of the two species can be very similar, but P. bifasciatus has a thin pale posterior edge to the vertex. The anterior pale band of the forewings is usually complete, except in specimens from marshy habitats.
Found across the UK in upland areas, often on dry hillsides but also boggy areas; host plant may be grasses in the Poaceae.
Adult: June to September
Length: 4-5.5 mm
male: Highland, Scotland (July 2008) ©Tim
|Adult male: North Wales (September 2012) ©Joe Botting||Adult female: North Wales (September 2012) ©Joe Botting|