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Drymus ryei
Family: Lygaeidae

Drymus is one of several lygaeid genera in which the front femur has one larger tooth and several small ones; it is rather a difficult genus to identify. D. brunneus and D. sylvaticus are by far the most common species.

In D. sylvaticus and D. ryei the tibiae lack long erect hairs and the scutellum and pronotum are entirely black. The species is best distinguished from D. sylvaticus by the uniformly dark forewings and blackish membrane. The wings are also usually slightly shorter than the abdomen (brachypterous).

Found widely but less commonly than D. sylvaticus in broadly similar habitats.

Compare: D. sylvaticus, D. brunneus

Adult: All year
Length 4-5 mm
Drymus ryei
Adult: north London (April 2008) ©Tristan Bantock

Drymus ryei Drymus ryei
Adult: west Wales (May 2009) ©Joe Botting

Adult: Berks (October 2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson
Drymus ryei Drymus ryei
Adult: Surrey (October 2009) ©Tristan Bantock

Adult: Surrey (October 2009) ©Tristan Bantock