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Tachycixius pilosus
Family: Cixiidae

As in Cixius, this species has three keels on the scutellum, but is distinguished by the presence of dark spots between the veins at the tip of the forewing. There are also usually three short dark stripes along the forewing edge. The colouration of the forewings is very variable, ranging from relatively plain to almost entirely dark; one common form has the forewings dark in the apical third.

Widely distributed across the UK on deciduous trees and shrubs, the larvae feeding at the base of various grasses.

Adult: May to July
Length 4.5-5.5 mm
side
Adult: north London (May 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

dorsal Tachycixius pilosus
Adult: north London (May 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: York (May 2008) ©Joe Botting
Tachycixius pilosus dorsal
Adult: north London (May 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: south Wales (May 2009) ©Barry Stewart

face Tachycixius pilosus nymph
Adult: north London (May 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Nymph: Dorset (April 2009) ©Mark Dunkling