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One of a large number of brachypterous (short-winged) delphacids, although the only one to specialise on bracken.
The vertex and face are uniformly yellow and the wings dark with smooth and inconspicuous veins. The wings are approximately half the length of the abdomen in males and a quarter the length in females. Macropters are rare.
Common and widespread in Britain, often on bracken in woods.
Adult: May to August
Length 3-4 mm
male (L) & female (R): Jersey (September 2008) ©Tim Ransom
female: Cornwall (June 2006) ©Jon
||Adult female: Worcs (June 2008) ©Brian Kilford|