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An local species found across central and southern England, primarily on mallow, potato and sage.
The yellow ground colour is tinted greenish rather than orange, and the dark streaks on the forewings are not so developed as they are in the generally larger E. aurata, which is otherwise very similar.
Other distinguishing features are the antennal bases, which are relatively far back (level with the eye rather than with the front edge of the eye) and the spots on the pronotum, which are generally smaller and with a more definite bi-lobed shape.
Adult: May - October
Length 3.5 mm
south London (November 2007) ©Joe
|Adult: Essex (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult: Essex (July 2009) ©Tristan Bantock