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A handsome bug which is very common throughout the UK on oak. The sexes are dimorphic and very different in appearance; males are more elongate in shape, with longer tibiae and a distinctive inflated 2nd antennal segment.
Adults appear in the spring and are short-lived (particularly males), the species spending almost all the year in the egg stage and larval development taking only 2 weeks. The reddish nymphs are covered in dark hairs and the two basal antennal segments are thickened. Males are attracted to UV light and may be found in moth traps.
Length c6 mm
|Adult male: Berks (May 2009) ©Jonathan Michaelson
|Adult male: north London (April 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult male: north London (May 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult female: north London (May 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult female: (May 2007) ©Brian Kilford
|Final instar nymph: Berks (April 2009) ©Jonathan Michaelson
||Final instar nymph: Kent (April 2009) ©John Jeffery