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The flower bugs are a very difficul group, and this species is amongst the hardest to identify.
The forewings are shiny only on the cuneus and embolium (along the outer edge), and at the apex of the corium. The 1st antennal segment is dark, and the 2nd partly pale at the base. The forewings are relatively darkly marked compared with A. nemorum and the markings on the membrane also differ. It is most difficult to separate from A. confusus, but the latter generally appears to have darker femora, and the embolium is only partly shiny.
The species is found on many different deciduous trees, and is common and very widespread, but much less common than A. nemorum on low vegetation.
Adult: All year
Length 3.5-4 mm
Huddersfield (February 2007) ©Joe