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Aphalara cf. ulicis
Family: Psyllidae

Aphalara species have no genal cones and no pterostigma, and their general colouration includes shades of red and brown. They are extremely difficult to identify reliably, and dissection of males is essential in some cases.

There are two species with effectively the same, distinctive wing patterning, which were previously both included under A. exilis. They can be separated to some degree in that A. ulicis has wing spinules arranged in clear lines in the central area of the forewing, whereas those of A. exilis tend to form small, coarse clusters. There may also be subtle differences in the wing patterning, but these still need to be established; the genitalia also allow separation.

Found on Rumex species (Dock), and probably widespread in Britain. Both this species and A. exilis overwinter as adults. Previously known as Aphalara pauli.


Length ~3 mm
Adult: All year?
Aphalara cf. pauli
Adult: Powys (September 2008) ©Joe Botting

Aphalara exilis Aphalara exilis
Adult female: south London (September 2008) ©Tristan Bantock Adult female: south London (September 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
Aphalara cf. pauli
Aphalara cf. pauli
Detail of wing ©Joe Botting
Adult: Powys (September 2008) ©Joe Botting