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Zygina is a complex genus, most with a distinctive red zig-zag pattern covering the forewings. The patterns are variable, and identification can be difficult; care must be taken to look at the right combination of features and microscopic confirmation is necessary in some cases. Females may not be identifiable.
Z. flammigera is the most common species in the UK. It is recognised by the the entirely brown scutellum and the unshaded area of the clavus between the red lines. In males the apical tarsal segment and the apical half of the middle segment are darkened.
Found on a wide range of deciduous trees, and often on other plants as well. Overwinters on evergreens.
Compare Z. angusta
Adult: All year
Length 3 mm
|Adult: south London (August 2007) ©Joe
|Adult male: west London (March 2009) ©Tristan Bantock||Adult female: north London (February 2008) ©Tristan Bantock