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Reasonably common and widepread across southern Britain at least, this bug may be found on the lower branches of hazel, alder and birch.
The large size (antennae shorter than the body) and spectacular colouring make it almost unmistakeable. The extent of the red markings is variable, and newly emerged adults can be almost entirely green. It is a late season species and usually does not appear until September.
Adult: September-October, may overwinter
|Adult: south London (September 2007) ©Joe Botting
|Adult: Suffolk (October 2008) ©Elizabeth Grimes||Adult: Surrey (September 2008) ©Ashley Wood
|Adult: Berks (September 2007) ©Jonathan Michaelson
||Adult: Hants (September 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
|Nymph: Hants (September 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
||Final instar nymph: Hants (September 2008) ©Tristan Bantock