Leaf Bug

Atractotomus mali


Over all length about 3.5mm. A small black bug covered in flattened golden hairs. The first, short antennal segment is thin at the base and wider apically. The second segment is much longer and widened. There are three very similar species.


Woodland edge and hedgerows, where it feeds on Apple or Hawthorn. The other two similar species feed mainly on spruces and pines.

Status and distribution

Common and widely distributed over much of southern Britain. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to August.