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Tropistethus holosericeus
Family: Lygaeidae

A small species with dark foreparts and pale forewings with a dark mark on the corium adjacent to the wing membrane. The pronotum is rather matt and the anterior margin much wider than the head. The front femora are armed with a row of small uniform teeth along the apical half.

A strongly ground-dwelling species in dry sparsely vegetated habitats on sand, chalk and shingle. Adults and nymphs are probably polyphagous on various low-growing plants.

Confined to parts of southern England and appears to have declined in the modern period with few recent records.

Adult: All year
Length 2-3 mm
Tropistethus holosericeus
Adult: Greece (May 2014) ©Tristan Bantock