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Cixius simplex
Family: Cixiidae

Cixius is a distinctive genus, but the species are often very hard to separate. As in Tachycixius, there are three keels on the scutellum.

C. simplex
is one of the more difficult species to separate, especially from the larger C. nervosus, which can have similar forewing markings. Unlike that species, the postclypeus and frons are both dark brown, the keels not noticeable paler. The vertex is square-fronted, with keels forming a sharply angled arch. The transverse keel at the top of the frons bends downwards into the sides. The brown band on the forewings may be absent in males.

A local and species, associated with a variety of habitats includes woodland and saltmarshes. Found in southern and central England, and Wales.

Adult: August to October
Length 5.5-6 mm
Cixius simplex
Adult: Hebden Dale, Yorks. (August 2008) ©Joe Botting

Cixius simplex
Cixius simplex
Adult: Hebden Dale, Yorks. (August 2008) ©Joe Botting

Adult: Hebden Dale, Yorks. (August 2008) ©Joe Botting