Plant Bug

Phylus melanocephalus


Over all length 4.5 to 6mm. The head is always dark brown to black and the forewings yellow to orange/red.


Normally found on Oak where the sap is the main food but they also prey on small insects.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread throughout Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to August.