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Pilophorus species are rather active and ant-like bugs, which feed on aphids and have silvery bands on the forewings formed by pale hairs.
In both common species the posterior band is continuous across the forewings. However, P. perplexus has duller brown forewings than P. cinnamopterus and is associated with deciduous trees, particularly oak.
This species is found widely across southern Britain.
Compare: P. cinnamopterus
Length 4.5 mm
|Adult: south London (July 2007) ©Joe Botting
|Adult: north London (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult: north London (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock