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Rhyparochromus vulgaris
Family: Lygaeidae

A large, elongate and long-legged ground bug which has a dark wing membrane. A recent arrival in Britain with several records from the London area in 2010/11.

Very similar to R. pini, but generally brighter in appearance with large white triangular markings on the pronotum. The front and mid tibiae are also pale in males.

The London records are from dry grasslands; this species seems much more of a generalist than R. pini, which is mainly found on heathland in the south-east.


Adults overwinter, mating in the spring. The new generation is complete from late July onwards.

Adult: All year
Length 7-8 mm
Rhyparochromus vulgaris
Adult: south London (September 2011) ©Tristan Bantock

Rhyparochromus vulgaris Rhyparochromus vulgaris
Adult: west London (August 2011) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: south London (August 2011) ©Tristan Bantock