Box Sucker Psylla buxi

Length 2.5 mm. Also called Boxwood Psyllid, it is a sexually dimorphic green psyllid with an orange abdomen tip, pinkish edges on the post-pronotum, and a dark collar.

Most active April to early June, sucking the sap from the young shoot tips of Box (Buxus sempervirens).

Widespread in Great Britain, and locally common. Its distribution is largely dictated by the host plant.

Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs)
Family Psyllidae (Jumping Plant Lice)
Genus Psylla buxi (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photos: Found on Box (Buxus sempervirens), back garden, South Staffordshire. © Peter Hillman