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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. ryei by the paler brown forewings which are distinctly marked with black, in particular a dark elongate rectangular mark by the apex of the clavus is usuallly present (see arrow below). The wings are always slightly longer than the abdomen (macropterous).
Found widely and commonly amongst moss, grass and leaf-litter on dryish soils, probably feeding on a range of plants including black horehound.
Compare: D. ryei, D. brunneus
Adult: All year
Length 4-5 mm
Cheshire (April 2008) ©Shane Farrell
|Adult: Oxon (August 2008) ©Tristan Bantock
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||Adult: Oxon (October 2008) ©Bob Knight|