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Arytainilla spartiophila 
Family: Psyllidae

The two "Broom psyllids", this and Arytaina genistae, are the only UK representatives of the subfamily Arytaininae. They have genal cones, and Cacopsylla-like venation, but virtually no pterostigma.

A. spartiophila has clear or yellowish wings without dark streaks, and is easily separated from A. genistae by genitalia. Female genital segment is upturned into a a very sharp tip, and the male parameres are long and very narrow. Body colouring is very variable, but usually yellow-orange with brown markings, as below right.

Widespread on Broom (Cytisus scoparius)across the UK, but appears to be less common than A. genistae.

Adult: April-August
Length ~3 mm
Arytainilla spartiophila
Adult: Huddersfield (May 2008) ©Joe Botting


Arytainilla spartiophila

Adult: Dorset (May 2008) ©Mark Dunkling