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Aphanus rolandri
Family: Lygaeidae

A large and very distinctive black ground bug with a dark red or orange spot at the base of the wing membrane; confusion with other species is unlikely.

A. rolandri has been found in a variety of dry, sheltered and
well-drained habitats which have a thin covering of leaf litter or stones, such as chalk pits, cliffsides and (historically) cultivated arable fields. Adults overwinter, becoming active in the spring. The new generation is complete by August. 

A scarce species known primarily from the south of England between Cornwall and Kent, with a scatter of records as far north as north Norfolk and the midlands.

Adult: All year
Length 6-8 mm
Aphanus rolandri
Adult: Essex (August 2010) ©Tristan Bantock

Aphanus rolandri Aphanus rolandri nymph
Adult: Norfolk (September 2010) ©Tristan Bantock

Nymph: Essex (July 2010) ©Tristan Bantock