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Strophingia ericae
Family: Aphalaridae

Strophinigia has two UK species, both associated with heather. These species are among the smallest of all psyllids, and can be very difficult to spot. They have greatly reduced wing venation and no genal cones, making the genus easily recognised.

S. ericae has rounded, oval forewings with prominent grey-brown mottling. Colouring is generally green to brown. The only similar species is the rarer S. cinereae but compare also R. aceris

Common and widespread on Calluna vulgaris across Britain.


Adult: April-September, overwintering as nymphs
Length 1-2 mm
Strophingia ericae
Adult: Surrey (June 2010) ©Tristan Bantock

Strophingia ericae Strophingia ericae
Adult female: Surrey (June 2010) ©Tristan Bantock Adult male: Surrey (June 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
Strophingia ericae
Adult: West Yorkshire (May 2010©Joe Bottng