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Javesella species occur as both macropterous and brachypterous forms, and show a variety of colouration; identifications must be made with care, and separation of species is not always possible from photos.
J. forcipata is a species with dark wings, which are not white along the hind margin as in J. discolor but are often paler at the base. The body is darker than in J. pellucida, with the abdomen and fore-body entirely blackish. Brachypters with forewings only slightly longer than wide; macropters occur infrequently. ID confirmation should be made from the male genitalia, as J. obscurella can appear very similar.
A local species on grasses, usually in woodland, across the UK.
Adult: May to September
Length 2.0-2.5 mm (macropters ~3.5 mm)
male: Yorkshire (June 2010)
|Adult female: Yorkshire (June 2010) ©Joe Botting|