2- 3 mm
Black Tipped Antennae
Occiptal projections not extending beyond frontal processes
Found on creeping thistle
No interactions present.
These two species are very similar but are found on different host plants I believe.
T. cardui on spear thistle and T. ampliata on creeping thistle making this observation more likely to be the latter?
Good Point Richard , I will . post a macro sequence when I have had a look , Both Spear and Creeping where growing together. the field images are quite soft (Non IS)woorking at 3-4 mm
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Very difficult at 1:1 magnification and no IS, I have to take numerous images and hope a few will be sharp! A very stunning little insect though!
Yes the white scaley residue they possess is actually wax
Lat/Lng: 53.694, -1.81072
OS grid ref: SE125219