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Strophinigia has two UK species, both associated with heathers. 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. cinerae has somewhat angular, trapezoidal forewings that are longest at the outer edge; the colouring is almost entirely yellowish, without darker mottling on the forewings. The only similar species is the common S. ericae compare also R. aceris.
Can be locally common on Erica sp. in SW England and the Channel Islands, but not known elsewhere.
Adult: May-August, overwintering as nymphs
Length 1-1.5 mm
West Sussex (August 2011) ©Ashley
|Adult: West Sussex (August 2011) ©Ashley Wood