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Deraeocoris ruber
Family: Miridae

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.

Adult: July-September
Length 6-8 mm


Deraeocoris ruber
Adult: Berks (June 2009) ©Jonathan Michaelson

Deraeocoris ruber Deraeocoris ruber
Adult: Berks (July 2009) ©Jonathan Michaelson

Adult: Warwickshire (July 2007) ©Walwyn (Flickr.com)
Deraeocoris ruber Deraeocoris ruber
Adult: (July 2007) ©DenisG Adult: (August 2007) ©John Doherty

Deraeocoris ruber nymph Deraeocoris ruber nymph
Nymph: (June 2007) ©Noel Cornwall Nymph: Norfolk (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock