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Key to the Rhopalidae of Central Europe (German)
An attractive straw-coloured rhopalid with extensive black markings on the head, adjacent to the eyes. The pronotum is speckled with black, particularly on the hind angles and the scutellum is also marked with black at the base. The head is markedly shorter and less pointed than in Rhopalus or Stictopleurus.
This species is a recent arrival in Britain and was first recorded in 2003 from Battersea, London. There have been subsequent records from the Thames Gateway area and several from Surrey and Oxfordshire. The bug has usually been found in warm and sparsely-vegetated brownfield situations.
Adult: All year; new generation complete by August
Length 6-7 mm
|Detail of pronotum||Adult: Essex (August 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: Essex (August 2010) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult: Essex (August 2010) ©Tristan Bantock