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Although one of a very difficult group, this flower bug is among the more easily identified due to its comparatively dark appearance.
The mid and hind femorae are typically very dark, as well as the antennae, but each antennal segment is pale at the extreme apex (this feature also distinguishing the nymphs). Note also the rather red colouration of the tibiae. The forewings are entirely shiny apart from a dull band along the corio-claval suture (see below).
This species is widespread on Broom (Cytisus), to which it is restricted. Adults occur all year in two generations, overwintering bugs laying eggs within the plant twigs in the spring.
Adult: All year
Length 3-4 mm
|Adult: north London (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
|Adult: north London (June 2008) ©Tristan Bantock||Adult:
Huddersfield (February 2008) ©Joe