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|Zygina cf. tiliae
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.
Males of Z. tiliae can be separated from most species by the long (half the length of hind tibia) and entirely dark hind tarsus. This is shared with Z. suavis, however, and although the hind tarsus of tiliae is apparently more slender and entirely dark even at the base of the basal segment, dissection is needed to separate them with certainty.
Found locally on alder, lime and oak in scattered locations across Britain.
Adult: mainly August/September; may overwinter.
Length 3 mm
Huddersfield (November 2008) ©Joe
|Adult: Lincoln (November 2008) ©Michael E. Talbot|