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Leptopterna species are large and common grass bugs which often have reddish or orange-yellow forewings. They have a transverse furrow between the eyes and the legs and antennae are covered in long dark hairs.
There are two very similar species, both of which are sexually dimorphic. Males are always macropterous (fully-winged) and females usually brachypterous (partly-winged).
Male: Forewings usually pinkish-brown. The length of the 2nd antennal segment is roughly equal to the 3rd and 4th combined.
Female: The 2nd antennal segment is wider than the base of the front tibia.
A common and widespread bug throughout the UK, feeding on a variety of grasses; more common in drier habitats than L. dolabrata.
Compare: L. dolabrata
Length 7.0-8.5 mm
male: north London (June 2007) ©Tristan
nymph: (May 2007) ©Tristan
female: north Wales (June 2008) ©Tristan