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Key to the Rhopalidae of Central Europe (German)
This genus comprises four species in the UK; all are rather hairy bugs with largely membranous forewings, which are usually reddish in colour. This species is best distinguished by the strongly red pigmented corium, together with the extensively orange abdomen and serrated dark abdominal markings. Note that the spots on the connexivum are usually small and rounded. The underside of the abdomen bears several rows of dark spots.
A scarce species found mainly on damp heaths and fens in southern Britain, feeding on marsh thistle and marsh cinquefoil. Overwinters as an adult, the new generation appearing in August.
Compare: R. parumpunctatus, R. subrufus
Adult: All year
Length 7.5-8.0 mm
|Adult: Surrey (May 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: Dorset (May 2009) ©David Longshaw
||Adult: Dorset (May 2009) ©Mark Dunkling
|Adult: Hants (September 2009) ©Tristan Bantock
||Adult unds ©Tristan Bantock