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Sphragisticus nebulosus
Family: Lygaeidae

This species is known only from the Brecklands of East Anglia, where it was first recorded in 1997. Most records are from sandy field margins where it is associated with a range of ruderal plants.

Superficially rather similar in to Peritrechus species, S. nebulosus is best identified by the margin of the pronotum, which is pale, keeled and bears 5-7 long hairs arising from dark spots (see inset, right).

Adult: All year
Length 4.5-5.5 mm
Sphragisticus nebulosus
Adult; detail of pronotum (inset): Suffolk (July 2011) ©Tristan Bantock

Sphragisticus nebulosus Sphragisticus nebulosus
Adult: Suffolk (July 2011) ©Tristan Bantock

Adults: Suffolk (July 2011) ©Tristan Bantock