Leaf Bug

Psallus varians


Over all length around 4mm. This genus contains several very similar species, some of which need microscopic examination to distinguish between them. Some are only found on a single species of food plant, which can suggest the species. They are all warm brown bugs with reddish brown and darker brown markings and pubescent elytra. This specimen was found on Oak and is possibly Psallus varians., although it is not the only species found on Oak.


Oak trees, where they feed on sap and small insects.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to August.