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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. rubrovittata, however, is among the more distinctive, and is a very small species found exclusively on heather (Calluna vulgaris), normally on dry heathland. The ground colour is olive-yellow and the vertex, pronotum, scutellum and wings are variably marked with red.
Adult: All year
Length 2.5 mm
|Adult: Surrey (July 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: south London (September 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
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