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More common in southern Britain and very rare in Ireland, this bug feeds on small insects and can be found on a range of plants, especially nettles.
The ground colour (inlcuding the scutellum) ranges from red-orange to almost fully black, although the cuneus is always red to some extent. The forewings are very shiny. The tibiae are unbanded and the 1st antennal segment and at least the base of the 2nd are black.
Length 6-8 mm
|Adult: Berks (June 2009) ©Jonathan Michaelson
|Adult: Berks (July 2009) ©Jonathan Michaelson
||Adult: Warwickshire (July 2007) ©Walwyn (Flickr.com)|
|Adult: (July 2007) ©DenisG||Adult: (August 2007) ©John Doherty
|Nymph: (June 2007) ©Noel Cornwall||Nymph: Norfolk (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock