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Key to the Rhopalidae of Central Europe (German)
A very handsome species which should be unmistakable. Although striking, it does bear a superficial resemblance to the red and black ground bugs (Lygaeidae); be sure to rule out Arocatus longiceps, which has recently been recorded in south-east England, as well as Pyrrhocoris apterus.
In addition to the distinctive markings, C. hyoscyami is further distinguished by its hairiness and the numerous veins in the apical wing membrane, characteristic of all Rhopalidae.
Locally distributed in sandy habitats around the coasts of southern Britain, this species has recently been found more frequently inland. It is associated with a range of plants, and overwinters as an adult, the new generation appearing in August-September. Nymphs are yellow/red-brown in colour and also rather hairy.
Adult: All year
Length 9 mm
|Adult: north Wales (April 2007) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: north Wales (June 2007) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult: south Wales (May 2007) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adults: south Wales (May 2009) ©Barry Stewart
||Nymph: north Wales (July 2008) ©Tristan Bantock