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Metopoplax ditomoides
Family: Lygaeidae

This small ground bug has a dark forebody and rather contrasting whitish forewings. The head, pronotum and scutellum are densely punctured and covered with short white hairs. The tip of the head (clypeus) is widened.

Historically a rare vagrant to Britain, this species has recently become established in parts of southern England and can be abundant in some years. Favours very warm and dry sparsely-vegetated habitats such as field margins, road verges and brownfield sites.

Adult: All year
Length 3.5-4.0 mm
Metopoplax ditomoides
Adult: Essex (July 2010) ©Tristan Bantock

Metopoplax ditomoides Metopoplax ditomoides
Adults: Essex (July 2010) ©Tristan Bantock

Nymph: Essex (September 2010) ©Tristan Bantock