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Aphalara exilis
Family: Psyllidae

Aphalara species have no genal cones and no pterostigma, and their general colouration includes shades of red and brown.

There are two species with effectively the same, distinctive wing patterning, which were previously both included under A. exilis. They can be separated in that in A. pauli the prominent spinules on the forewing are clearly arranged in lines, whereas is A. exilis they are randomly arranged.

Distribution in Britain not yet clear, but the two species together are relatively common and found on Rumex species across the UK.

Length ~3 mm
Adult: All year?
Aphalara exilis
Adult female: south London (September 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Aphalara exilis
Aphalara exilis
Detail of wing: ©Tristan Bantock

Adult female: south London (September 2008) ©Tristan Bantock