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|Rhacognathus punctatus Heather Shieldbug
A dark shieldbug which is mottled metallic bronze-brown over a pale orange/reddish background. The legs are banded pale to orange/red and there is usually a pale midline on the pronotum. A predatory species, feeding mainly on larvae of the Heather Beetle Lochmaea suturalis. The new generation is complete by August.
Largely confined to heathland and moorland, although occasionally recorded from dune slacks and commons in the absence of Calluna. Widley distributed throughout the UK, but always scarce and found at low densities.
Adult: All year
Length 7.0-9.0 mm
|Adult: Sussex (April 2010) ©Ashley Wood
|Adult: (June 2006) ©Steve Gill
||Adult: Lincs (April 2010) ©Adrian Royle
|Adult: Lincs (July 2007) ©Adrian Royle
||Adult: Hants (April 2010) ©Paul Brock
|Adult: Holland (August 2012) ©Tristan Bantock
||Nymph: Holland (August 2012) ©Tristan Bantock