Is anyone able to provide me with the identity of the bug in the attached photo please?
Found on a fallen horse chestnut leaf it, and a second on I spotted on the same leaf, had a body length of about 1-3 mm, extended to around 5mm when the wings were included.
I wondered if it was a stage in the chestnut leaf miner as the horse chestnut tree at the foot of our garden is certainly affected. However, I didn't think moths went through a larval stage.
They moved around quite quickly, but as I was looking at them through a camera lens (90mm macro + 68mm worth of extension tubes) it was difficult to assess just how fast they really were.
Hoping someone can help
It's a barkfly (Psocoptera). Ectopsocus petersi looks a good match but look through these and see what you think -
Barkflies feed on lichen, fungi, algae and stuff like that
Good call jaguarondi.
It is also superficially similar to some lacehoppers, eg. Tachycixius pilosus, http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/homoptera/Cixiidae/Tachycixius_pilosus.html.
But, among various characters, those have thicker necks than the bark flies.
Thanks both to you and Mike Hardman. I've also had answers from other sources which go with the answer given here. I'd not come across barkflies (or barklice as they were called pre-2003) before and had found the Barkfly website after being told it was a barkfly of one species or another. Before getting to go through all the species options on the website another resondent had come up with Ectopsocus petersi and I do think this is a good match.
I'll now go looking for some more alhtough it took me about 10-15 leaves before I found anything at all.