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Cacopsylla is a large and difficult genus with genal cones and a pterostigma; many species cannot be reliably identified without examining the genitalia.
C. hippophaes is a relatively difficult species to identify certainly, although the sigmoidally-curved parameres of the male are a reliable feature. The wings are often slightly yellowish, and surface spinules do not entirely fill cells. The antennae are dark at the tips, and at the tips of some segments in the central part. General colouring yellow-green, but can develop brown patches later.
A locally common species on sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) around the UK.
Length 3-4 mm
Adult: May to August
Kent (August 2009) ©Tristan
male: Kent (August 2009) ©Tristan
male: North Yorkshire (August
|Adult male: North Yorkshire (August 2010) ©Joe Botting|