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Acalytpa species are very small lacebugs associated with moss. They are usually brachypterous, appearing rather oval in shape. The 4th antennal segment is wider than the 3rd and the head bears two frontal processes (small projections arising between the antennae).
A. parvula has three keels on the pronotum and the 3rd antennal segment is thickened at the base. The macropterous form is frequent.
The commonest member of the genus, found throughout the UK amongst short moss, particularly on dry soils. This species overwinters as an adult.
Adult: All year
Length ~2 mm
|Adult macropter: Essex (September 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult brachypter: Surrey (September 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult brachypter: Surrey (September 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult macropter: Yorks (August 2008) ©Joe Botting
||Adult: Yorks (August 2008) ©Joe Botting