|A BIT ABOUT BUGS
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
Surrey (June 2010) ©Tristan
|Adult female: Surrey (June 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult male: Surrey (June 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: West Yorkshire (May 2010) ©Joe Bottng