|A BIT ABOUT BUGS
(Formerly Aphrodes histrionicus)
Anoscopus species generally have a more rounded vertex than in Aphrodes, and often distinctive patterning. Although males are often identifiable from photographs, species can be variable and difficult to separate; females in particular are often difficult to identify.
Males of this species are fairly easily recognised (but compare A. flavostriatus); the forewings are mostly unpigmented, with a dark band near the apex and dark brown veins. The scutellum is entirely brown and there is a complex and quite consistent pattern on the vertex.
Found occasionally on grasses across the UK, including coastal habitats.
Adult: June to September
Length: 3-4 mm
male: north Wales (June 2008) ©Tristan
|Adult male: north Wales (June 2011) ©Joe Botting
|Adult female: north Wales (June 2011) ©Joe Botting